Escalating his attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday trashed demonetisation of high-value currency notes as a “Modi-made disaster” and charged that he had attacked the economic system of the country to benefit the one per cent “super rich.”

“For the first time in the history of India, Prime Minister has attacked the poor people of this country. Usually, the Prime Minister works for the country. They work for the economy, but Narendra Modi has attacked our economic system,” Gandhi alleged at a Congress rally in Belagavi in Karnataka.

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“As it is said a man-made disaster, in the same way demonetisation is Modi-made disaster,” Gandhi said.

More than 100 people had died, he claimed, adding, “Fidel Castro (Cuban revolutionary) was remembered in the Parliament and we stood in silence for 2 minutes as a mark of respect to him, but BJP leaders did not have 2 minutes time for these hundred people.”

“Who is responsible for their deaths? Narendra Modi is responsible….In the last two and half years, Narendra Modi government has been attacking the poor,” he said.

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Accusing the Modi government of trying to divide India, Gandhi said on the one side, there were one per cent super rich who have private aircraft, flashy vehicles and big businesses and on the other, there were 99 per cent of people who are honest like farmers, labourers, small traders and middle class who toil every day for the sake of the country and their lives.

“In the last two and half years, one per cent super rich in this country have amassed 70 per cent of India’s wealth and if you look deep into this one per cent, only 50 families have major portion of India’s wealth.”

“You know their names; these are the people who travel with Narendra Modi to America, Japan, and Australia,” Gandhi said.

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“Congress wants to get rid of corruption from India and whatever step the BJP government takes whether it is big or small if it is against corruption we will give it full support,” he said.

Asserting that demonetisation was not against the rich but against the poor, middle class, farmers, labourers and small traders, Gandhi said “all black money is not cash, and all cash is not black money.”

“All the black money is not in cash. India’s thieves are clever, and as soon as they get money they invest it in land, real estate, gold or in foreign bank accounts like Swiss bank,” he added.

According to government figures, he said six per cent of black money is in cash, 94 per cent in real estate, big buildings and in foreign bank accounts.

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“Why are Lalit Modi and Vijay Mallya sitting in London? Why are they not in India? Why didn’t you get them back?

“Vijay Mallya is India’s thief. After demonetisation why did you waive Rs 1,200 crore loan of this man? Answer me, why did you feed him a toffee of Rs 1,200 crore?”

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