New Delhi: Two years ago, on this day at 8 PM, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had stunned everyone by announcing demonitisation — a move that reduced existing currency notes of denomination Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 to mere insignificant scrap paper. Though the move enjoyed the popular support with the perceived view that the move was to break the back of cash hoarders, some sufferings were real too.

The opposition was quick to highlight the sufferings on the second anniversary of demonetisation. After Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari lashed out at the ruling party with accusations, insinuations and ridicule with a series of tweets in the morning, the BJP hit back with 10 tweets.

The BJP asked 10 questions to the Congress, suggesting that the Congress feared this ‘anti-corruption measure’ would blow the lid off the activities of the oldest party in the country. The BJP alleged the Congress and black money had had a long mutual association.

The BJP, tweeting from its official handle, accused the Congress of an “anti-development mindset”. But what would hit the Congress hard is bringing in former finance minister P Chidambaram into it, questioning his moral authority to talk on demonetisation. Chidambaram is an accused in the case of the multi-crore Aircel-Maxis deal. His son Karti Chidambaram is an accused too — he has spent some days in police custody in that connection. 


The BJP claimed India had seen an increase of tax collection worth Rs 2 crore in the last two years; the ruling party credited DeMo for that. The party cited the jump that India has seen in the recently released ease of doing business ranking. No prize for guessing, BJP attributed this to demonitisation as well.

Demonetisation, even after two years, evokes sharp reactions from both the sides. Even as the Congress used hashtag #DestructionByDemonitisation, BJP used #CorruptCongressFearsDemo. The war was not restricted in the virtual space of social media. After finance minister Arun Jaitley took to Facebook to attack the Rahul Gandhi-led party, Congress fielded P Chidambaram to hit back.

Rest assured, this is not the last you have heard on this.