Demonetisation: Shiv Sena backs ‘people will loot banks’ remark of Shivaji kin

Bhosale said that people would start looting banks and the Saamna editorial said he had "expressed the anger of the public" and thrown a challenge to the Modi government.

By: IANS | Mumbai | Updated: November 28, 2016 1:29 pm
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The Shiv Sena on Monday endorsed NCP MP Udayan Raje Bhosale’s warning that if the post-demonetization fails to improve soon, “people will loot banks”. “Demonetisation has angered the people of the country. The condition of the poor and working classes everywhere is pitiable,” the Sena said said in an editorial in the party mouthpiece Saamana. Referring to statements by Bhosale – the 13th descendent of the Chhatrapati Shivaji – that people would start looting banks, it said he had “expressed the anger of the public” and thrown a challenge to the Modi government.

It pointed out how during the 2014 Lok Sabha election, the Bharatiya Janata Party claimed that Narendra Modi enjoyed the blessings of Shivaji. The present condition of the people in rural areas was alarming, what with restrictions on cooperative and rural banks and shortages of currency notes that was sounding the death knell for the rural economy.

“Farmers are being driven to untimely death. Even if they loot banks, they won’t get anything in hand due to curbs on cooperative banks. On the contrary, the government would hang them and be rid of them,” the Sena said.

“Bhosale has expressed the masses’ anger in his own style. He questioned why the people continue to suffer while no action is taken against the real black money hoarders. If the government has courage, they should pick up his gauntlet,” the Sena said.

A constituent of the ruling NDA at the centre and in Maharashtra, the Sena commended Bhosale for speaking out against demonetization and said it displayed his independence though he was a NCP MP.

The editorial lamented what it termed “the terrible situation that has engulfed rural India” after Modi’s currency spike of November 8 when Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes were declared illegal.

“The farmers, labourers, wage-earners and rural service classes have been hit brutally by demonetization. How can we expected them to raise the flag of patrioritism?

“They are forced to dump their vegetables, fruits and milk on the roads as there are no takers. For just Rs 100-500, they move around like beggars,” the editorial noted.

Sadly, those who invoked the farmers to collect votes have now become ministers and were busy enjoyed the trappings of power.

“Bhosale is well aware of the resentment among the people. During the British rule, banks and treasuries were looted by the freedom fighters. He has issued a similar warning to the government now,” the Sena said.

“People may loot banks for survival. Will their own government spray bullets on them?” the edit asked.

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    Barb Dewyre
    Nov 28, 2016 at 12:28 pm
    Have we got the real culprits with the black money?;br/gt;Has terrorism stopped?;br/gt;Have we got sufficient money notes in hand?;br/gt;Have the political parties declared the source of their funds?;br/gt;Is the PM aware of the ground reality? No.
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      Ashok Patil
      Nov 28, 2016 at 11:10 pm
      Indian economy and society has taken U turn due to demonetization.
      1. A
        Nov 28, 2016 at 9:11 am
        Descendent of Shivaji? Check your brains.
        1. S
          Nov 28, 2016 at 10:28 am
          Choro ki baraat opposition ka band baaj raha hai,....Abhi riot karna hai;br/gt;Sabka khaana Paani bandh hone waala hai!!lt;br/gt;Accha hai Demonetization...
          1. C
            Nov 28, 2016 at 12:19 pm
            DCCs are not following RBI guidelines of core banking solution and KYC norms,since last 5years irrespective of repeated reminders and follow up,thus their transactions are not transparent as those of other nationalised and private banks.hence, they are not included in the exercise of note exchange.Moreover,they mainly deal through farmers society accounts,not individual accounts.Most of the farmers have their accounts in nationalised;br/gt;As usual,the antisocial elements in the society are taking disadvantage of the;br/gt;This is the fact.I am not pro or anti modi,but if this move has really attacked the target,i am ready to suffer for 50 days.let us wait and watch for 50 days.
            1. H
              Nov 28, 2016 at 12:03 pm
              The insestivity is nothing to be;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Thats been the way people are,who cares if the farmer is getting paid for his;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Or if those who supplied milk to Amul arnt been paid for the last 15;br/gt;lt;br/gt;All it matter to these self appointed care takers of Mother India is a speech ,Promise and it all good as;br/gt;lt;br/gt;This insenstivity will spell doom as curses of the Toiling farmer are ignored and voice of those in cities only matters.Shameful
              1. I
                Nov 28, 2016 at 10:17 am
                bhakts again support godi in comments lt;br/gt;Their job is just to say jai jai and get 2 Rs for each post
                1. J
                  Nov 28, 2016 at 10:24 am
                  Now call Chatrapathi Shivaji Maharah's descedent anti national. Won't you bakths?
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                    Shrinivasa Kamath
                    Nov 28, 2016 at 9:02 am
                    Those who looted want to loot again, in the name of poor people.
                    1. K
                      Nov 28, 2016 at 11:59 am
                      wake up Indians. raise your slogans against unprofessional working of this Govt.
                      1. N
                        Nov 28, 2016 at 10:31 am
                        It's fine to be angry, as many people are. But please note that even if they loot banks, there are no notes with them. The banks only have the useless pieces of toilet paper that masquerade as RS 2000 notes, which can't be used anywhere ! If the Sena is serious in it's protest, let them withdraw support to the BJP in Maharashtra. Doubtful if they have the guts to do that.
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                          Padma Sri
                          Nov 29, 2016 at 5:49 am
                          Thanks god I left india a decade ago. All I have to say is YOU have to fight for yourself and your family. No one including govt cares. good luck guys.
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                            Parth Garg
                            Nov 28, 2016 at 8:20 am
                            Empty vessel makes more noise.
                            1. P
                              Nov 28, 2016 at 11:30 am
                              why so much depression in the;br/gt;i believe that the ancestors had better patience than the generation ahead
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                                Ramaguru Jakkala
                                Nov 28, 2016 at 9:26 am
                                What is there to loot? Old notes which are banned!
                                1. R
                                  Nov 28, 2016 at 9:25 am
                                  INDIRECTLY, he is saying they, POLITICIANS, will LOOT the BANKS. SIV SENA is FORE the comment. GREAT. lt;br/gt;We, CITIZENS of INDIA, who CARES only about GROWTH of INDIA and DO NOT take words of POLITICIANS - " DO NOT DO such HASTY ACT". We HAVE SELF-RESPECT and NOT like you DOGS
                                  1. R
                                    Nov 28, 2016 at 12:48 pm
                                    The rural public is ncp lost heavily
                                    1. R
                                      Nov 28, 2016 at 8:57 am
                                      Only Politicians who looted the country's money lt;br/gt;are Protesting lt;br/gt;can make out very easily by their behaviour
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                                        Sagar Choudhury
                                        Nov 28, 2016 at 9:39 am
                                        so many dogs are barking who have unaccounted black money
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                                          Rajesh Salia
                                          Nov 28, 2016 at 10:16 am
                                          Biggest looser of maharashra...roaring now.... people were surprised why no noise till now......its ok now....
                                          1. S
                                            Nov 28, 2016 at 3:37 pm
                                            If Raghuram Rajan had been at the helm, this would not have happened as he would never have agreed to such a monumental misstep. This demonetization must have been the reason why his term was not extended. Modiji wanted a pliable, acquiescent Governor not a patriotic independent minded economist like Raghuram Rajan.
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