A week after sharing stage with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and showering praises on him, NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Sunday attacked the NDA government over the issue of issue of demonetisation and Rs 98,000-crore bullet train project. Pawar alleged that the Modi government was harassing people on the pretext of demonetisation. But people will respond to it by voting against his party, he said at a rally in Ghatkopar in the run-up to the crucial BMC elections due early next year.
“This government is not concerned about millions of people commuting by local trains in Mumbai… Trains in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai can be operated in Rs 98,000 crore. But, Modi is in a hurry to go to Ahmedabad,” the NCP leader said.
On the issue of demonetisation, Pawar said, “If the situation continues, it will become difficult for the common man to survive.”
“The common man is suffering and the Prime Minister says those with black money have lost sleep. ‘Parivartan’ (change) must take place in the next Lok Sabha and the Assembly elections,” Pawar said.
Citing official figures, Pawar said only 0.28 per cent of the total notes in circulation were fake. However, 86 per cent of the total notes in circulation were scrapped, he said.
He said Modi should travel abroad and resolve India’s (global) issues, but he should travel as a representative of the country and not of BJP.
Problems will increase if the infrastructure is not improved. People of Mumbai should decide to oust those troubling them, the NCP leader said.