Maharashtra, Nov 12, 2016: Acting like an opposition, long-term Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) ally Shiv Sena on Friday asserted that the Centre’s move to demonetise currency is not in the interest of the public.
Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying, “He had betrayed people’s trust” by subjecting them to harassment.
He added that instead of abolishing Rs 500 and 1,000 currency notes, the ruling dispensation should have “done surgical strikes on the black money deposited in all Swiss accounts.”
“This initiative taken by the government is not in public interest because only normal people are suffering from this hasty decision. Everybody is saying that it is a surgical strike, but what if angry and frustrated people start the surgical strike against the government,” Thackeray said.
The Shiv Sena chief said he did not understand economic nuances but he was saddened to see people being put to inconvenience. “Modi did not give any time to people to prepare for this shock. This is not the way to do things. You can’t beat someone to death and convince him that it is being done for his own benefit,” Thackeray said referring to an elderly person’s death allegedly while he was standing in a queue to deposit money in Thane city near Mumbai.
The government yesterday allowed Rs. 1,000 and Rs. 500 notes for payment of electricity bills, water bills, property tax or any kind of government dues in Maharashtra on request of the state government.
As per the centre’s order, banks started exchanging scrapped Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 notes for lower denomination currencies since yesterday.