Shiv Sena leader in Lok Sabha Anandrao Adsul on Saturday threatened his party would consider walking out of the government over district co-operative banks not being allowed to exchange the scrapped Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes.
Soon after Marathi TV channels showed his comments at a press conference in Mumbai, however, Adsul made a volte face, saying only his party president could take a decision in the matter.
Adsul, Shiv Sena MP from Amravati and president of the Co-operative Bank Employees’ Union, complained that money was not being made available to the district cooperative banks despite these having a deep network in rural Maharashtra. Asked whether the Sena might quit the government over the issue, Adsul said, “If the time comes, we will have to do that. All our MPs have discussed with Uddhavji. He also took the same stance of leaving the government if the time comes.”
Subsequently, however, the MP denied having made a statement on quitting the government. “We are speaking on an issue concerning the people. How can I say anything about quitting the government? It is the party president who will take the call on this and not me,” he said.
The Sena has been attacking the Centre over the demonetisation issue for the last few days.