Congress ally DMK on Friday backed former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for his criticism on the way the BJP government has implemented demonetisation and charged Prime Minister Narendra Modi with ignoring the people by not responding to Singh’s queries on the matter. DMK Treasurer and Tamil Nadu Opposition Leader M K Stalin said the Centre was coming up with all kinds of announcements “as if they are giving sops” to people ever since the Rs 1,000 and old Rs 500 currency ceased to be legal tenders.
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“Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh put it beautifully when he called it (the way demonetisation was being implemented) a monumental management failure,” he said, referring to the former’s criticism of the government in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday. By making such a statement, Singh had expressed his ‘anguish,’ on the matter, Stalin told reporters in Chennai.
“Modi ignoring Manmohan Singh shows the extent to which the Prime Minister ignores people,” he said when asked for his views on the matter. To a question on the bull taming sport of jallikattu, Stalin said DMK would hold a massive protest demanding it be allowed next year, if the Central and state governments did not pursue the matter.
The Supreme Court had recently upheld its ban against holding Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu, coinciding with the harvest festival of Pongal in January.