BJP chief Amit Shah on Friday slammed all opposition parties over their criticism of the government’s demonetisation move, which has even united arch political rivals. Shah took a dig at former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for his speech about the demonetisation mess in Parliament claiming that the Congress was worried as it is flush with black money. “Manmohan ji bolte hain unko bahut dard hai, jiska jayega usi ko dard hoga (Manmohan says he is pained; anyone who has lost will feel the pain),’’ he said. He added that political parties were asking what had Modi done against black money until November 7. “Now from November 8 night, they are asking why did you do this? Parties like Congress, SP, BSP, AAP have lost their luster,” Shah said. He claimed that people are solidly behind Modi.
He said that the opposition unity against the move was like a banyan tree standing in floodwater and likened his party’s opponents to cat, mouse, snake and mongoose trying to climb it without attacking each other. “Imagine there is a flood in the Mahanadi river and there is a banyan tree in it. The cat, mouse, snake and mongoose do not fear each other. Each of them is watching when the floodwaters would recede,’’ he said at a rally here.
“The Congress, (West Bengal chief minister) Mamata Banerjee, (her Delhi counterpart) Arvind Kejriwal, (Bahujan Samaj Party chief) Mayawati and (Samajwadi Party leader) Mulayam Singh Yadav have climbed the tree and waiting for (PM Narendra) Modi’s demonetisation flood to relent.’’
Shah questioned Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik’s 17-year record saying that the state has remained backward while other states have developed. “Go and see Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Maharasthra, Haryana and Jharkhand. The coal in Odisha can power all homes in India, but 41 per cent houses in Odisha are yet to be electrified. If you could not provide power to all in 17 years, you have no rights to rule.’’