Demonetisation anniversary: BJP, Opposition face off

ANI | Updated: Nov 08, 2017 13:23 IST

Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh)/ New Delhi [India], November 8 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Opposition are facing off as this day rings in the one year anniversary of the demonetisation drive.

The Opposition is observing 'Black Day' while the BJP is celebrating 'Anti-Black Day' to mark the first anniversary of the announcement of the exercise by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The BJP workers celebrated the first anniversary of demonetisation by billowing party flags, praising slogans of Prime Minister Modi and by cutting a cake.

"We are celebrating the freedom of economy. We got freedom from fake currencies, funding of terrorism, black marketing, and the bank system became more strong due to this move. This decision by Prime Minister Modi is historic," one of the BJP supporters said.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman also attended a signature campaign held in Chennai, which was organised by Tamil Nadu BJP Youth Wing to show their support for the move.

The BJP leaders, including many Union ministers, will fan out across the country to highlight the "benefits" of demonetisation.

Prime Minister Modi took to Twitter and thanked people for supporting the government in eradicating corruption on the first anniversary of demonetisation.

"I bow to the people of India for steadfastly supporting the several measures taken by the government to eradicate corruption and black money," the Prime Minister said.

On the other hand, the opposition is leaving no stone unturned to keep the pressure on the Central Government.

The Youth Congress members at midnight staged a protest against Prime Minister Modi's note ban move in front of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in Delhi.

Today evening, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi will participate in a candle-light vigil in Gujarat's Surat as part of "Black Day" protest and will interact with the traders.

On November 8, 2016, the Centre declared Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 notes as illegal and introduced new Rs. 500 and Rs. 2000 notes. (ANI)