The BJP’s alliance partner Shiv Sena has lashed out at the BJP-led government for the hurried manner in which Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes were scrapped and warned that public anger over the move may lead to a “surgical strike” by voters against the government.
“I am not opposed to the policy of taking black money out of the system. We are only opposed to the way it has been done and caused hardship to people,” Shiv Sena president, Uddhav Thackeray said addressing a press conference in Mumbai.
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“Why are you troubling common citizens. This is not a decision to be taken suddenly. You have betrayed the confidence of people who have put faith in you. Some people are calling this a surgical strike against black money but let me tell you that you will be in greater problem if troubled citizens decided to undertake a surgical strike against you,” Thackeray said.
Thackeray also demanded that the government extend the deadlines for changing the notes. “You either extend the deadline or make public services like hospitals toll free for people till you replenish the liquidity in the market,” Thackeray said.
Thackeray also criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the decision by stating that he was not doing enough to catch the big fish.
“After this decision we thought the Prime Minister would conduct a surgical strike against Swiss banks. However, our prime minister has decided instead to visit Japan,” Thackeray said.
He also said that while common people were being troubled nothing was being done against states like Pakistan from where counterfeit money originated. “You did a surgical strike against Pakistan following which there have been a spate of cease fire violation in which 27 of our jawans have died.Can you tell us what is being done against Pakistan from where all the counterfeit money originates,” Thackeray said.
The Shiv Sena and BJP had last month announced an alliance to jointly contest the upcoming elections in 212 Municipal councils and Nagar Panchayats slated between November 27 and December 8.