Lucknow: Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav today said the “sudden ban” on high denomination notes of Indian currency showed the NDA government did not keep the troubles of people in mind and took the decision with an eye on Assembly elections.
Mulayam said in a press conference in Lucknow that “The sudden ban on high denomination notes has caused immense hardships to commoners, farmers and the poor, the demonetisation has been done by the NDA government with an eye on elections, and not keeping plight of people in mind.”
He further added that the ruling Samajwadi Party in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh, too was opposed to the use of black money in elections.
The SP supremo said, “We are against black money. SP has fought against it. We do not want use of black money in elections.”
Mulayam demanded a roll back of demonetisation decision for a few days in view of the wedding season. He suggested that people be given a week’s time by the government, which had on Tuesday night announced withdrawal of 500 and 1,000 rupee notes from circulation in a bid to flush out black money and to check corruption.
On other hand Mayawati said the Prime Minister “is probably trying to derive sadistic pleasure by overlooking the interests of Dalits, farmers and poor people by declaring the economic emergency.”
Mulayam echoed her sentiments, saying, “During emergency, leaders and people were sent to jail… This time around, it’s an undeclared emergency, in which, instead of sending people to jail, they have been virtually kept under house arrest.”