JAMMU, Jan18: As a part of its country-wide protest programme, Pradesh Congress today staged massive protest demonstration and dharna in front of RBI complex near Jammu Railway Station here today.
Led by PCC president, AICC observers and senior functionaries of the party, a large number of Congress workers from Jammu (Urban & Rural districts) besides various areas of Jammu province took out a march to the RBI office near Railway Station, raising slogans against the policies of the Modi Government, especially regarding the sudden demonetization which has adversely affected the overall economy of the country and put the common man to great hardships.
All senior functionaries of the PCC and senior leaders, legislators, former ministers, former legislators, districts and block office bearers, leaders of frontal organizations of Mahila Congress, Youth, NSUI and Seva Dal besides others joined the march and dharna for over three hours in front of RBI office. The protesters questioned the decision of the demonetization and asked the Modi Govt and BJP to explain its benefits to the nation and answer the questions being raised about the fallout of this decision especially the economic slowdown and adverse effects on all sectors and section of society.
The speakers questioned the RBI for its surrender of autonomy and succumbing to the undue pressures over the unwise decision of demonetization by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and demanded the resignation of RBI Governor and a white paper on the affects and fall out of demonetization.
Addressing the gathering PCC chief GA Mir lashed out at the Prime Minister for his style of working and taking a unilateral decision without due consultations about the fallout of this sudden decision, which has caused enormous loss to the nation and badly affected the poor and common man leading to over 120 deaths. He said only poor, peasants, labourers, and common man has been greatly affected and faced hardships while rich and influential have been either benefitted or have no effect, as was being claimed by the Prime Minister.
Aftab Alam, AICC Observer questioned the Modi Govt for the decision of demonetization and said that it has adversely affected each and every sector while the worst hit are the poor and common people including farmers, daily earners, small traders and laborers etc.
Former PCC chief Peerzada Mohd Sayeed, former ministers Sham Lal Sharma, Tara Chand, Raman Bhalla, Rigzin Jora, Mula Ram, Taj Mohiuddin and Jugal Kishore also addressed the gathering. Ex-MP Madan Lal, AICC coordinators- Dr Subash Manglote & Manmohan Katoch; senior leaders RS Chib, Kanta Bhan, Ravinder Sharma, Rajnish Sharma, Dr Manohar Lal, Shabir Khan, Manjit Singh, Yogesh Sawhney, Vikram Malhotra, Indu Pawar, Naresh Gupta, Namrata Sharma, Anil Chopra, Ch Shah Nawaz, Ch Shah Mohd and others were also present.
Later, they submitted a memorandum to the RBI Governor through senior officer of RBI at Jammu office.