As Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday made an emotional appeal to bear with hardships, due to demonetisation, for 50 days, opposition parties left no stone unturned to slam the government over the inconvenience caused to the people who in large numbers queued up outside Banks and ATMs to get cash. From Congress to Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Left, all are criticising the Modi government and demanding immediate withdrawal of the decision.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee spoke to President Pranab Mukherjee over the Centre’s demonetisation move and said representatives of political parties will meet him next week over the issue. Upping the ante against BJP, Banerjee had said she is not averse to working with arch rival CPI(M) to fight against the “anti-people” Modi government which has imposed an “undeclared emergency”.
Here are some political reactions after PM Modi’s speech in Goa:
Shashi Tharoor (Congress): Our government wants to move towards a cashless economy. Great start: No cash in ATMs. No cash in banks. No cash with people. Successful PM!
Our government wants to move towards a cashless economy. Great start: No cash in ATMs. No cash in banks. No cash with people. Successful PM!
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) November 13, 2016
Arvind Kejriwal (AAP): PM came from Japan & sought co-operation for more 50 days to deal with issue; will the common man continue to suffer till then. If he (PM Modi) is really serious about the issue, then he must take strict action against his corporate friends.
Ashutosh (AAP): ‘Was Voted To Fight Corruption’. If you want to fight against corruption then send Ambani and Adani to jail. You stand with Sharad Pawar and say you are fighting corruption.
शरद पवार के साथ खड़े हैं कहते है कि कालाधन ख़त्म करेंगे । वाह रे मोदी जी वाह !!
— ashutosh (@ashutosh83B) November 13, 2016
Manish Sisodia (AAP): Those shedding tears on Modi’s speech should also see the tear in eyes of those standing in line (outside banks) whom the prime minister is calling corrupt.
Mayawati (BSP): It is good that Modiji has left his family and village for the country but that does not mean that he would take immature decisions which are against the public interest and stick to them. He should stop emotionally blackmailing the people who are facing hardships due to the move.
Mamata Banerjee (TMC): Today I spoke with several political leaders regarding a joint movement. Let us all fight this together to give relief to common citizens, poor and stop this financial anarchy.
Shankersinh Vaghela (Congress): In their campaign for 2014 Lok Sabha polls, BJP had promised to bring back black money parked in Swiss banks. Now, as the government failed to fulfil their promise, they came up with this idea, which is nothing but a face saving exercise
by the BJP.
D Raja (CPI): Workers are not being paid wages. The people are unable to purchase essential commodities, vegetables and medicines, unable to undertake travel etc. due to non-availability of cash. According to the government’s own admission, the present chaotic situation will continue for another three to four weeks implying that the people will be subject to sufferings for some more time to come.