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Dharamsala, 24 Dec 2016 : Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday slammed the central government’s decision on demonetisation of high-value currency notes, saying the decision is “anti-poor” and favours 50 corporate families. He said demonetisation “is a firebomb on country’s cash economy”.

Addressing a public rally here, he said “it’s the colour of the note that decides whether it’s in the hands of an honest or an unscrupulous person”.

“There is an honest person on one side while an unscrupulous person on the other. If the note goes into the hands of unscrupulous people, it becomes black as if under a spell of magic.”

Donning a Himachali cap with dry followers atop, Gandhi, in his 40-minute speech in Hindi, said the Congress was not against a cashless system but it should not be imposed and it should not be an “excuse”.

“The note ban is a step taken against the poor, farmers and the middle class Indians,” he said in the rally marking the completion of four years of the state government led by Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh.

Taking a jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Gandhi said: “PM Modi you have divided India into two parts. On one side is one per cent rich and on other there are middle class, poor people.”

He said Modi is saying the situation after demonetisation would improve in 50 days but “it will not improve for six to seven months”.

“There is only six per cent black money in cash in India. Rest 94 per cent is in the form of real estate, gold and in foreign banks. Those, who stashed huge sum of black money, don’t do it only in cash but in real estate, jewellery and other forms.”

He said the currency ban has hit this hill state’s horticulture, agriculture and tourism sectors adversely.

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Jammu, 13 Oct : Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Mehbooba Mufti was on Tuesday released from detention. “PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti is being released from detention,” said Jammu and Kashmir administration spokesperson Rohit Kansal.

A government order issued on Tuesday night said her detention was being revoked with immediate effect.

The Jammu and Kashmir administration in July had extended her detention by three months under the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA).

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Chandigarh, 26 Sep : The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has severed its alliance with the BJP. The Akali Dal had a 22-year-old alliance with the BJP.

The decision was taken after a meeting of the Akali Dal’s Kaur Committee which lasted for more than four hours today. Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal addressed the press after the meeting and announced that he would no longer be a part of BJP-NDA.

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