Hitting out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for saying he was forced to talk directly to people, the Leader of the opposition in Gujarat Assembly Shankersinh Vaghela Saturday said that the PM should be speaking in the Parliament. Vaghela said, “You go to public and say I am fakir. A person who changes clothes four times a day, can he be called fakir?”.
Talking to mediapersons in Surat, Vaghela said that the country was progressing during Dr Manmohan Singh period “and the vehicle of the country was moving smoothly, but in the last two-and-a-half years, you (Modi) have derailed the vehicle and damaged the progressive country.” He alleged that Modi announced demonetisation “to get his name in Time magazine and to remain in competition, he used crores of money behind its marketing and his own publicity.”
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According to Vaghela, Modi had come to Gujarat to open a dairy’s co-operative plant at Deesa in Banaskantha, but in the same industry, lakhs of people, mostly women, were suffering as they did not have bank accounts. He said that these people are given mere assurances that they will get the money. “Demonetisation has affected all dairy co-operatives in Gujarat. We had hoped, the PM would announce some relaxations for the women involved in the co-operatives. Due to cash crunch, the dairy industry will face major recession till cash transactions do not return to normalcy,” he said.
Vaghela said that had the Congress been in power and taken a decision to demonetise, “the BJP leaders would have broken the ATM machines and also have attacked the bank staffers and even thrown stones on the houses of Congress leaders. Our ideology is different. After demonetisation, our Congress party workers and leaders distributed water bottles and biscuits to people who were seen standing for longer time in the queues outside banks.”
Suggesting that no country in the world had contained terrorism by demonetisation, Vaghela said “now terrorists are caught and fake Rs 2,000 notes are found in their possession.” He said that so far, more than 115 people across the country had died due to demonetisation. He claimed that four girls, who stood for hours in queues outside the banks to get money for their marriage, committed suicide after they couldn’t get the money. “On the other hand, BJP leaders are spending crores in weddings,” Vaghela said.