BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha Friday lashed out at the government over the implementation of demonetisation, saying that “homework was not done and the execution went wrong”. However, the former Union minister did not blame PM Narendra Modi, hailing him as a “dashing dynamic hero” instead for his “bold and timely decision” to curb black money.
Sinha is the first BJP MP to criticise the move openly.
“They should have gone through post-surgical plan before going for this surgical strike. The intention was good but homework was not done by our team, which advised the Prime Minister on this measure. These people should be exposed now. This is a very serious lapse on the part of some of us,” Sinha said.
Sinha added: “Execution seems to have gone wrong. People are suffering. There is a chaotic situation. Even violence can break out. After all, who are the people in the queue, our voters. They are poor and from middle class.”
He said it would be difficult for party representatives to convince voters “unless immediate measures to improve the situation are put in place” and said the move may affect the party’s fortunes in UP. His remarks came on a day the BJP decided to send party MPs among people to explain to them the gains from the demonetisation move.
Sinha said it is time “well-wishers” of the party like former disinvestment minister Arun Shourie, MP Subramanian Swamy, former finance minister Yashwant Sinha and veteran leaders like Murli Manohar Joshi and L K Advani are involved to find a solution to this “chaotic scenario”.
Asked whether his remarks are against the party line, Sinha asserted, “In any party there will be people who parrot whatever is told to them in the name of party line. I am known for calling a spade a spade.”
He also tweeted: “…accountability must be fixed as to who are responsible among us for creating so much unpleasantness and anarchy…”.