Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Thursday slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to demonetise Rs 500 notes and Rs 1,000 notes, saying it had created an Emergency-like situation where people were not being arrested but kept under watch.
“Jaise Congress ne aapatakaal lagaya tha… wahi stithi paida ho gayi hai… Modiji ne bina jail bheje sabki gherabandi karke nazarband kar diya hai… ye kadam desh ki gareeb janata ko pareshan karne ke liye kiya gaya hai (Just as the Congress had imposed Emergency… the situation is the same now… Modi has kept everyone under watch without sending them to jail… This step has been taken to harass poor citizens),” Mulayam said.
He demanded that the decision be rolled back and public be given more time as, instead of collecting black money, the Centre has spread a kind of anarchy.
“A week or 10 days’ time should be given to people. After that no time should be given and we will be with the government. The majority of black money is lying in the country in form of foreign currency or gold. Demonetisation has only added to the woes of common man. Instead of bringing back black money from foreign countries, Modi has created anarchy with this move,” he alleged.
Mulayam alleged the PM had taken the step hastily, under pressure from the public on the black money issue and on account of the elections. “BJP ko keval chunav dekh rahi hai, desh ko nahi dekh rahi hai (BJP’s concern is only polls, not the welfare of the country),” he said.
Mulayam adding that the SP was against black money and had always fought against it. “We do not want use of black money in elections,” he added.
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“Modiji ke is kadam se prateet hota hai… yeh desh ko kuch bade gharano ke haathon me girvi rakhna chahte hain (With this step, it seems that Modi wants to mortgage the country with a few rich families),” the SP chief said. The decision, he added, would cause unemployment and disturb law and order. “The situation will worsen,” he warned.
Mulayam pointed out that prices of gold and silver had risen, causing problems at weddings. Giving an example, Mulayam claimed that a woman died after a bank refused to accept four notes of Rs 500 from her.
Women who had saved money at home are also unsafe, he said. “Each woman should be allowed to deposit at least Rs 5 lakh in the bank with an assurance that no action would be taken against them.”
The SP chief said the decision would affect the economy because it would hit traders. Farmers would be compelled to commit suicide if business is affected, he said.