Mumbai: Maharashtra Navnirman Sena President Raj Thackeray today launched a sharp attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the demonetisation of high-value currency notes on November 8th and warned that if this system fails in our country then it will be pushed to lawlessness.
He asked question from the government’s declaration that preparations for demonetisation of 500 and 1,000 rupee notes were made 10 months in advance, Thackeray said if so, “then how come it (the new notes) bears the signature of the new (RBI) Governor (Urjit Patel)?”
Thackeray directly targeted Prime Minister and said, “The BJP has still not submitted its election expenditure for the 2014 polls… If there was so much aversion to black money, how did Modi get elected.”
The MNS chief expressed his anger while addressing a large meeting of party leaders and grassroots workers.
He demanded why action has not been taken against those hoarding black money and instead the ordinary masses are being punished and made to stand in long queues, and more than 40 people have lost their lives.
Thackeray said, “There are few ads in the print media and on television there are only commercials by Patanjali (owned by Baba Ramdev)…we know where these come from.”
He said it’s strange that those declared corrupt and jailed by the former Congress regime are now BJP leaders and the party’s (Karnataka) MP Janardhan Reddy spent Rs 500 crore on his daughter’s wedding earlier this week, and that too after demonetisation was implemented.
“I have read that the bride’s sari cost Rs 17 crore…All this is beyond words,” he said.
Thackeray while training his guns on the Prime Minister, said “he makes an emotional speech in Goa, and in the evening he praises (Sharad) Pawar in Maharashtra.”
Thackeray said only four per cent of the population pays income tax and the rest carry out cash transactions.
He asked, even (Finance Minister) Arun Jaitley made a declaration of Rs 82 lakh ‘cash in hand’ in his election declaration in Punjab – “I am not saying it is black money, but how will he deposit it in the changed circumstances now?.”
He urged the people of the country and his activists to remain vigilant against the fallout of the demonetisation, as “elections will come and go, but the people of the country are of paramount importance to me”.