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Rahul attacks PM on currency shortage, says country in grip of ‘note ban’ terror again

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Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said the “terror of note ban” has again gripped the country due to reported shortage of cash in several States, and accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of destroying the country’s banking system with his demonetisation decision.

The Congress chief, who is in his parliamentary constituency Amethi, took to Twitter to attack Mr. Modi, alleging he “snatched” the ₹500 and ₹1000 notes from every Indian’s pocket and “gave” it to Nirav Modi, but was neither speaking a word about it nor facing Parliament.

“Modi ji has destroyed the banking system of the country,” Mr. Gandhi said on the reported cash crunch in some ATMs.

He alleged that Mr. Modi did not speak a word “after Nirav Modi fled the country with ₹1,000 crore.”

“The Prime Minister has not uttered a single word after he made the entire country stand in queue, snatched ₹500 and ₹1000 notes from your pocket and put it in Nirav Modi’s pocket. He fears standing in Parliament too,” he said.

The “terror of note ban” has gripped the country again as cash in various banks has gone dry, Mr. Gandhi alleged and used the hashtag “CashCrunch” with his tweet in Hindi.

“Understand the deceit of Noteban, your money in Nirav Modi’s pocket. Modiji’s ‘Mallya maya’, the terror or noteban is again spreading. The country’s ATMs are again empty, what has been done to the country’s banks,” he tweeted.

Congress communications in charge Randeep Surjewala also took a dig at the Prime Minister, saying “while the ‘saheb’ is enjoying abroad, the country’s people are looking for cash in banks.”

Several parts of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and poll-bound Karnataka  have reported shortage of currency and ATMs running down, which the government on Tuesday attributed to unusual spurt in demand in last three months.

“More than adequate” currency in circulation: Jaitley

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the “temporary shortage” in certain States was being “tackled quickly” and that there was “more than adequate” currency in circulation.

Congress leader Jaiver Shergill said that news was pouring in from Bihar, Rajasthan, Telangana, and Jharkhand that there was no money in the banks.

“The Congress party demands that the money that the BJP has earned from cleaning off the banks should be returned and the ATMs should be made operational,” he said.

“BJP and friends have stolen the country’s money, that’s why there is no money in the country’s ATMs,” he alleged.

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