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RBI Is Changing Rules Like The PM Changes His Clothes, Says Rahul Gandhi

"Citizens have no clue who to believe."

20/12/2016 3:48 PM IST | Updated 20/12/2016 3:58 PM IST
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NEW DELHI -- Asserting that the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) keeps making new rules on deposits post demonetisation and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley contradicts them, senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram on Tuesday stated that the citizens have no clue who to believe as both authorities have zero credibility.

Taking to Twitter, Chidambaram continued his attack on Centre, saying that the government was resorting to desperate measures.

"Breaking PM's promise of Nov 8 and FM's assurance of Nov 11, RBI makes new rule on deposit, FM contradicts. Who should citizen believe? Neither has credibility," he tweeted.

The Reserve Bank of India on Monday announced that deposits in old notes of ₹500 and ₹1,000 exceeding ₹5,000 would be allowed to be deposited only once till 30 December.

However, Arun Jaitley clarifying over the confusion on reports, saying there is no limit as such of ₹5000 and any person can deposit any amount in the old currency, however, not repeatedly.

Questioning the government over its latest notification, Chidambaram tweeted as to why could not the people deposit old notes till 3- December, as was promised by the government in the first instance.

"Old notes usable until Dec 15. Why can't we deposit remaining notes until Dec 30 as notified?" he said.

Condemning the move of demonetisation, no where even near to the objective of curbing black money and corruption, Chidambaram said, "Hoarders have laundered their old notes. The poor and middle class left high and dry."

Meanwhile, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi has hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi yet again over the RBI ruling.

"RBI is changing rules like the PM changes his clothes," he said in a tweet.

After banning old 500 and 1,000-rupee notes on 8 November, the government had allowed all of the cash holdings with any person to be deposited in bank accounts till 30 December. There was no limit on the quantity or value of the junked notes that could be deposited.

However, the government on 17 December issued a gazette notification putting restrictions on deposits henceforth.

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