Rahul Gandhi to visit Surat on Wednesday, hold meetings with industry representatives

Congress and other Opposition parties have decided to observe November 8 as 'Black Day'.

By Zee Media Bureau | Updated: Nov 08, 2017, 00:49 AM IST
Rahul Gandhi to visit Surat on Wednesday, hold meetings with industry representatives
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Ahmedabad: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi will visit Surat on Wednesday, the textile and diamond capital of the country, to participate in a candle-light vigil as part of the Opposition parties' 'Black Day' protest.

He is expected to have informal meetings with the industry representatives and workers during the day, sources in the Congress said.

"He will have formal interaction with traders in Adajan area of the city in the evening," the sources added.

"He will participate in a candle light vigil on the 'Black Day' near Vivekanand Statue in Chowk Bazar area of Surat city tomorrow after a formal meeting with traders," they said, as per PTI.

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'.

Meanwhile,  Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday called demonetisation a "watershed moment" while former PM Manmohan Singh said it was a "reckless step".

Singh and Jaitley were locked in a fresh war of words after the Congress veteran said he is repeating what he said earlier that demonetisation was an "organised loot and legalised plunder."

Jaitley hit back at the former prime minister, insisting that demonetisation was an "ethical drive and a moral step" that made corruption difficult.

He said the "loot" is what happened in 2G scam, commonwealth games and allocation of coal blocks, whereas demonetisation was an economic exercise based on ethical and moral rationales.

(With PTI inputs)