BJP president Amit Shah on Friday slammed opposition parties for their criticism of the Narendra Modi government’s move of scrapping Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes.”Can’t understand the reaction of Mayawati, Mulayam Singh, Rahul Gandhi and Arvind Kejriwal on notes ban,” Shah said during a press briefing. In a bid to fight black money, the Centre decided to scrap Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes. The announcement took everyone by surprise.
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Appealing the common people to bear with the initial difficulties to “weed out black money from the economy”, he questioned the political leaders’ commitment to do the same. He asked the opposition to clarify whether they were ‘for or against black money and terror funded by fake notes’. Shah specifically called out Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, saying, “Arvind Kejriwal, make clear whether you support weeding out black money.”
Attacking the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who called the demonetisation as “draconian”, the BJP president said, “I know Mamata Banerjee opposed the move, but politicians shouldn’t join ranks of black marketeers, drug dealers who are upset.”
Dismissing that the government’s decision is politically motivated, Shah said, “The government made the move to clear black money. That is why there will be 200 per cent penalty. This decision has nothing to do with polls.”
With the Modi government’s decision coming just months before assembly elections in several states, the timing of the cash clean-up has been questioned. Hitting out at Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati, Shah said, “This is economic emergency for BSP ahead of Uttar Pradesh polls.”
Responding to a question whether senior BJP leaders were informed about the demonetisation move, Shah said, “Nobody except those in constitutional and administrative posts knew about decision beforehand.”