As Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday made a strong pro-poor pitch on the currency ban decision, BSP chief Mayawati criticised the prime Minister for advocating a cashless – or a less-cash – economy and accused him of “putting the poor to great inconvenience” through the decision. She also dismissed Modi’s rally at Kushinagar in Uttar Pradesh as a “flop show” with “paid gathering”.
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Despite an “emergency-like situation” in the country for 19 days after the decision to ban currency of higher denomination, the Prime Minister is repeatedly avoiding discussion on the problems the people are facing, “which shows his anti-poor and anti-people mindset”, she said.
By advocating online banking, mobile wallets and such cashless transactions, the BSP chief said, the Prime Minister is compelling the poor to switch to such modes, when access to them is not universal.
“There is a lack of basic amenities in the country and price rise is at its peak but the people are being forced to learn proficiency in technology and netbanking, and so forth, while the Central government appears favourably disposed towards the big crocodiles holding black money,” Mayawati said. She alleged that the Prime Minister has not fulfilled even one-fourth of his promises. His promises, she said, are “not to be trusted”.