Opposition and social media roast govt over 'dry day' for cash

Rahul Gandhi said Modi had not uttered a single word after he made the entire country stand in queue and "snatched Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes from your pocket and put it in Nirav Modi's pocket." PTI file photo

The Narendra Modi government on Tuesday faced the Opposition's ire over the cash crunch in several states, as leaders recalled the "terror of note ban" and wondering whether there was a "financial emergency" in the country.

Even as Opposition leaders from Congress president Rahul Gandhi to CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury criticised the government, social media was on fire with several users coming up with angry one-liners, from "turning India cashless" to "dry day for cash".

"Understand the deceit of note ban, your money in Nirav Modi's pocket. Modiji's 'Mallya maya', the terror of note ban is again spreading. The country's ATMs are again empty, what has been done to the country's banks?" Rahul tweeted in Hindi.

Rahul, who was on a visit to his constituency of Amethi, said Modi had not uttered a single word after he made the entire country stand in queue and "snatched Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes from your pocket and put it in Nirav Modi's pocket."

"He fears standing in Parliament, too," the Congress president said.

Yechury said ATMs remain empty now, like in November 2016, when demonetisation was announced. "And the only party flush with cash is the BJP, the people suffer," he said.

"Demonetisation did not kill terrorism. It did not kill corruption or fake currency either. But it has certainly killed the Indian economy. The cash crisis tells us how Modi's demonetisation disaster is still wreaking havoc," he said in tweets.

"This govt which still has not been able to count the demonetised currency is asking us to trust its jumla (gimmick) that there is no cash crunch. After the demonetisation disaster, where goalposts were repeatedly shifted and deadlines changed, no one trusts the Modi government any more," he said.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said, "reminder of demonetisation days. Is there a financial emergency going on in the country?"

Rebel JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav tweeted, "Unable to understand as to where this Govt will push & leave d countrymen as people are now losing trust on banks as d way scams happening, currency shortage & so on (sic)," he tweeted.

The Twitterati was not charitable to the government either. Writer Chetan Bhagat said, "there used to be dry days for alcohol. Now there are dry days for cash."

Other users joked about the government's earlier efforts to "go cashless". "No money in ATM. Finally, we have cashless India!" Vaishali Singh said. Another user, Narayanan Embar, said, "this is what they meant less cash society".

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