Mumbai, November 13: Though prime minister Narendra Modi and his crusade calls it a fight against black money, Shiv Sena has written a letter to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to ask him to stop treating “citizens of India” like criminals.
“We are worried about the way each citizen has been viewed as a criminal by the government. The sudden declaration of the currency notes as illegal has rendered millions of people and households in chaos,” Raut and Desai said in a letter to Jaitley released late on Saturday night.
Post demonetisation of 500 and 1,000 rupee notes, Rajya Sabha MPs Sanjay Raut and Anil Desai have expressed their concern over the manner in which each and every Indian was being viewed as a criminal.
The political duo has charged government for criminalising the citizens and adding to the woes of the commoners after sudden currency ban. They have said that the government should have given enough time to people in democracy and have taken them into confidence.
Highlighting the sufferings of common people, they have demanded extension of time limit for use barred currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 for paying utility bills, including healthcare, transport, at cremation/burial grounds, petrol stations and grocery stores till December 30.
“We hope the government will be sensitive to the woes of the people and not view them in the same lens as those who have black money in Swiss Bank accounts,” said Raut and Desai.
On Friday, Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray denounced the manner in which people were being harassed in the name of demonetization. He also said the Bharatiya Janata Party would see the wrath of a commoner in the coming elections.