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Demonetisation: Youth Congress holds protest march in Delhi

Speaking to the protesters, senior party leader Anand Sharma accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of committing "injustice" to the country

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Amid the ruling BJP and Congress fought over Ghulam Nabi Azad’s comment in Parliament, scores of Youth Congress workers held a march in national capital, alleging demonetization is part of a “big scam”.

Speaking to the protesters, senior party leader Anand Sharma accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of committing “injustice” to the country and “spoiling” its image globally.

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“A debate is on in Parliament and there is a deadlock. Opposition has demanded that Prime Minister listen to us and explain his move. They (ruling party) say Narendra Modi is in Parliament premises but will not come to the House. What is this? He is avoiding Parliament to avoid facing the truth,” Sharma said.

Calling upon Youth Congress activists to create awareness among the masses against demonetisation, Sharma said a Joint Parliamentary Committee must be appointed to investigate the entire issue.

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During the protest, hundreds of activists marched towards Parliament from All India Youth Congress office on Raisina Road.

Media reports said the protesters were stopped and some of them were detained and taken to Parliament Street police station.

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Sharma also challenged PM modi for a debate with the Opposition on demonetization, saying “we will not allow him to pile up miseries on the common citizens. It is such a big scam and loot of public money. We have demanded a Joint Parliamentary Committee to probe it.”

“Our fight will continue till the government relents and demand of probe is met,” he added.

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Anand Sharma earlier defended Azad’s statement, saying, “Ghulam Nabi Azad did not say anything which should offend someone. Ghulam Nabi Azad has been the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister.”

Azad on Thursday triggered a controversy after comparing the impact of demonetisation to Uri attack that killed eighteen Indian soldiers. Both the Houses faced repeated disruptions today after the BJP sought an apology over the comments made by Azad.

Photos: Vijay Pandey

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