Demanding that the GST and the demonetisation be rolled back, RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav on Monday said that "most people in India are illiterate" and do not understand digital banking.
"Hum to bolte hain GST aur Demonetisation ko roll-back karo. Bharat mein zyada-se-zyada anpadh log hain,ye koi inka ATM-Paytm samajh mein nahi aa raha (I say roll back GST and Demonetisation. Most people in India are illiterate and do not understand ATM and Paytm)," he told reporters.
The opposition parties, including the RJD, have strongly criticised the BJP-led Union Government's demonetisation move. The demonetisation or the note ban was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 8, 2016, after which then existing Rs 500 and 1,000 currency notes ceased to be legal tenders with immediate effect. New notes of Rs 2,000 and 500 were introduced to replace scrapped notes.
People experienced massive inconvenience following the demonetisation initiative as serpentine queues could be seen outside banks and ATMs to exchange old notes with new ones. One of the objectives of note ban was also to push digital banking so that movement of money could be traced.
Opposition parties made it an election issue before the Uttar Pradesh polls, but the BJP emerged victorious.