Anonymous banners in saffron and white praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s demonetisation move appeared Saturday at the Joggers’ Park on the posh Ghod Dod Road, on Traffic Island in Chowk Bazaar, and other areas of Surat, speculating the results of the decision by the end of December. This comes a day ahead of the motorbike rally planned by Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti in Surat on Sunday to protest the problems faced by commoners due to demonetisation. The Congress has also planned a dharna outside BJP leaders’ homes the same day and has called a Bharat Bandh on Monday.
Suggesting that the “black money recovered over the 50 days will be used in the service of the nation,” one banner at the Joggers park said, “From January 1, petrol will cost Rs 51.25/litre, diesel Rs. 46.67 per litre. Another banner said, “From January 1, no bribes in government office in the country or at signals.”
There was also one banner on how by January 1 all “corrupt politicians” would be in jail. “This is just a small task. There will be thousands of such revolutionary moves by January 1, 2017,” it said.
There were others that said that farmers would be condoned all their debts and would get double the rates for their farm produce from January 1. Yet another banner said that from January 1, there would be a 30 per cent relief on all taxes across the country, another said the families of soldiers martyred on the border will get Rs 50 lakh as compensation. More such banners were reported from areas near Bahumali building and Makkai bridge traffic island circle in Nanpura.
BJP leaders of Surat denied having anything to do with the banners. Mukesh Patel, A tea stall owner at Chowk Bazaar, said, “I open my stall early in the morning at 7 am and I saw some of the youths getting down from a tempo with banners which they hanged and left. I was busy with business, so I did not pay much attention.”
Surat city BJP president Nitin Bhajiyawala said, “We have come to know about the banners from the BJP workers who saw them as well. We have not put them up. It could possibly be the work of a fan of PM Narendra Modi who hanged these banners at different locations.”