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Can’t understand political leaders’ reaction to demonetisation: Amit Shah

Dismissing that the government's decision is politically motivated, Shah said, 'Government made the move to clear black money.'

By: Express Web Desk | Aanchal Bansal & Mandakini Gahlotnew Delhi | Updated: November 11, 2016 4:26 pm
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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.”

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  1. S
    Nov 11, 2016 at 9:31 pm
    Rahul Sharma as IPS, declined to follow his orders to let loose mob of 10000 on 400 Muslims who had taken refuge in a building.
    1. J
      Nov 11, 2016 at 8:56 am
      First to bring the money of 170000 crores parked in foreign banks by 680 persons as revealed by the govt agency. This is only a master stroke to poor people of India. Big sharks are out of bound.
      1. N
        Nov 12, 2016 at 2:33 am
        While BJP deposited its own even some of them one hour before announcement of this action while Mojority of the potion paid price. Those involved in Vyapam Scam getting out of prison one by one. Wealthy are safe while common people are targeted by such measure and are the ones who suiffer and lose most.
        1. P
          Nov 11, 2016 at 6:20 pm
          He must have already cleared his godown of bills that's how bjp politicians did this. They don't think of common man's needs only opposition parties and vote banks., sad day for familes of loved and patients
          1. S
            Nov 12, 2016 at 7:59 am
            Gunda tadipaar bhosdika
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