UP elections: 90 per cent of people suffering, they will teach BJP a lesson, says Mayawati

The PM claims to be a tea vendor but “does not understand what it is to be a poor and to live in shanties”, Maya said.

By: Express News Service | Lucknow | Updated: November 11, 2016 1:40 pm
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BSP chief Mayawati on Thursday criticised the demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes, claiming that the poor had been badly affected by the move.

Accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government of imposing an undeclared “economic emergency”, Mayawati told reporters here that the PM’s decision was not meant for public good but for deriving “sadistic pleasure” from the plight of others.

“The Congress imposed political emergency. This government has imposed undeclared economic emergency. Nearly 90 per cent people are suffering because of the decision,” she said.

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She said Tuesday’s announcement had rattled people, who “came out of their houses as if an earthquake had struck. People who wanted petrol had to spend Rs 1,000 because petrol pump owners declined to give change. Family members of sick people were turned away from medical stores. Small traders suffered loss. These people will teach the BJP and Company a lesson in the coming election.”

The PM claims to be a tea vendor but “does not understand what it is to be a poor and to live in shanties”, she said.

Mayawati also accused the BJP of having stashed money abroad —- “enough for contesting elections in the coming 60-70 or even 100 years” —- before the demonetisation was announced. She said that people expect strong steps against corruption and black money but the government’s initiative seemed to be a move to divert people’s attention.

She also questioned the timing of the decision and claimed the move was triggered by the coming Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh.

“Just before UP elections, Modi has realised the problem of black money after remaining in the saddle at the Centre for two-and-a-half years. Ninety per cent people are unhappy with this decision,” she said.


The former CM demanded that the government disclose the names of “all the people who made their black money white” through the recently concluded income declaration scheme, saying: “Most of these people are from Gujarat and Mumbai. Also, this money has not been distributed among the poor.”

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  1. I
    Nov 11, 2016 at 2:02 pm
    mayawati ke chu t lt;br/gt;bu r aur mu me kejriwaal mulayam aur rahul ka lan d
    1. A
      Nov 12, 2016 at 2:27 am
      I think for Better future ,people can face problem for 2 to 3 weeks. I think we should give PM thumsup as despite elections in UP he stillade this announcement not worrying what could be reprucussion of this in election lt;br/gt;He purely thought of betterment of India
      1. C
        Chandu Shah
        Nov 11, 2016 at 5:09 pm
        It looks like this woman has a lot of dosh
        1. S
          Srividya Jayaraman
          Nov 11, 2016 at 5:28 pm
          But Modi shows.more maturity and more dignified than this mayawati. So just shut your mouth.
          1. M
            Nov 11, 2016 at 4:16 am
            "90 per cent of people suffering, they will teach BJP a lesson, says Mayawati" AND THAT 90% IS ONLY ONE PERSON MAYAWATI....LOL...BHENJI...JAISI KARNI WAISE BHARNI..
            1. M
              Nov 11, 2016 at 6:37 pm
              What Mayabati is saying 90% of the people are corrupt in UP!
              1. M
                Nov 11, 2016 at 9:52 am
                What's the level of degradation of these leaders! How they can fit with humanity? Can they fit at all? It's a shame India produces such leaders out of one billion plus people! Shame! Shame!
              2. P
                Nov 11, 2016 at 8:53 am
                Our PM is dng an excellent thng.......vry brave move to remove black money frm our country.....may be people wl face harment,BT itz a good move.....we Indian people hve tendency tht "Jo chal raha h usse chalne ho",bas unka faida hona chahye......chahye India dub jaye es process mei.......... guyz plzzz stop blaming PM
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