Ghulam Nabi Azad compares demonetisation to Uri attack, Government says “anti-national”
Amid escalated clash between the Opposition and the ruling sides over demonetisation, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Thursday compared the impact of demonetisation to Uri attack that killed eighteen Indian soldiers.
Citing the number of people died after following government’s decision to scrap high value currency denominations, Azad said that these many casualties had not occurred even in the terror attack on the Uri Army camp.
“People are suffering because of demonetisation+ . The death toll has reached 40. In the attack by Pakistani terrorists (on Army camp) in Uri (in Kashmir), even half of the deaths did not take place. People double than that figure have died due to wrong policy of the government,” Azad said.
However, Mr. Azad’s comment drew massive protests from the members of ruling BJP. The Information and Broadcasting Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu criticised the comment, saying the remarks are “anti-national”.
“You cannot compare this with Pakistan. He (Azad) said that the number of people who died are worse than terrorist killing…You are giving a certificate to Pakistan,” the minister said.
The demonetisation of high denomination notes in the country has been directly or indirectly caused the death of several people so far in the country. As the country survives a week after the demonetisation announcement, the death toll includes farmers, newborn child, senior citizens, housewives and a Bank employee, among others.