Amit Shah slams opposition for criticising demonetisation

Shah asked the opposition to clarify whether they were ‘for or against black money and terror funded by fake notes’.
Amit Shah: BJP president

Responding to opposition parties’ criticisms, Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah on Friday expressed that he can’t understand reaction of Mayawati, Mulayam, Rahul Gandhi and Arvind Kejriwal on notes ban.

“I can understand that the hawala opertors, mafia, the Naxalites, terrorist group and black marketers are facing problems. But the kind of reactions we are getting from the opposition is surprising. Till November 7, they were questioning us over our action against black money. Now they are questioning this decision,” he said.

The BJP leader also asked the opposition to clarify whether they were ‘for or against black money and terror funded by fake notes’. Shah specifically called out Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, saying, “Arvind Kejriwal, make clear whether you support weeding out black money.”

Slamming the opposition parties for their criticism of the Narendra Modi government’s move of scrapping Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes, the BJP president appealed the common people to bear with the initial difficulties to “weed out black money from the economy”. Shah questioned the political leaders’ commitment to do the same, The Indian Express reported.

Amit Shah took a jibe at West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for calling the demonetisation as “draconian”. The BJP president said, “I know Mamata Banerjee opposed the move, but politicians shouldn’t join ranks of black marketeers, drug dealers who are upset.”

Dismissing that the government’s decision is politically motivated, Shah said, “Government made the move to clear black money. That is why there will be 200 per cent penalty. This decision has nothing to do with polls.”

Hitting out at Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati, Shah said, “This is economic emergency for BSP ahead of Uttar Pradesh polls.”

Shah called the government’s decision to demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes a “masterstroke of Prime Minister Narendra Modi” to check black money and assured that the problems being faced by common Indians are temporary.

Responding to a question whether senior BJP leaders were informed about the demonetisation move, Shah said, “Nobody except those in constitutional and administrative posts knew about decision beforehand.”