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Rahul Gandhi calls demonetisation a tragedy, PM's thoughtless act which destroyed many livelihoods

On the first anniversary of demonetisation today, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi will visit Surat to participate in a candlelight vigil, as part of the Opposition parties' 'Black Day' protest against the Modi government's decision.

Terming the Modi government's decision a tragedy, he tweeted that the move was a "thoughtless act" that destroyed the livelihoods of millions of honest Indians.

Rahul will also hold informal meetings with industry representatives and workers during the day, sources in the Congress said.

Reportedly the Congress leader will formally interact with traders in Adajan area of the city in the evening to assess the impact the move has had on them in the last one year.

Congress and other Opposition parties have decided to observe November 8, the date when Prime Minister Narendra Modi last year announced demonetisation, as "Black Day".

The timing of Rahul's participation in the protest in Gujarat is crucial as the state goes to polls next month.

Meanwhile, hitting back at the Opposition, Haryana Minister Anil Vij has saiad that only parties "which have black money left with them" will observe November 8, the first anniversary of demonetisation, as "black day".

Asserting that demonetisation was a "revolutionary step" that could be taken only by a "strong and courageous" government, he claimed that demonetisation had not only promoted a cashless payment system, but had also led to an increase in the number of taxpayers.

"Only those parties will observe "black day" on November 8 that have black money left with them," Vij said.

"November 8 can be a 'black day' for the Congress, which was involved in scams of around Rs 12 lakh crore", he said.