Rajnath Singh calls Uddhav Thackeray, expresses unhappiness for supporting oppn
In the wake of Shiv Sena supporting opposition in the march against demonetisation, Home Minister Rajnath Singh called on Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and asked for the reason of such move against the centre.
Reportedly, hours after Shiv Sena joined an opposition march against the notes ban on Wednesday, the government reached out to party chief expressing its unhappiness on such move. In the 10-minute call, he is believed to have told Thackeray that Shiv Sena joining hands with the opposition, despite being part of the Modi government, was sending a confused signal and such an action was avoidable.
Media reports quoted a BJP leader from Mumbai saying, “Singh called up Thackeray and tried to gauge the reasons for the ruling ally’s stand on this crucial issue.” It has been said that Singh is the third top BJP leader to have spoken to Uddhav Thackeray in the last few days on this issue. Union Ministers Arun Jaitley and Venkaiah Naidu have also spoken to Thackeray, he said.
Following the call, Thackeray today said, “We are with the government in its war against black money but those holding it must be targeted, not the common man.” Reportedly home minister shared with the Sena chief the government’s steps to ease the pressure on citizens queueing up at banks and ATMs amid a massive cash crunch.
“I urged that the government must take steps to minimise the inconvenience caused to the people,” said he said.
It is also to be noted that emphasizing on positives from the government’s step, Singh said in Rewari, “It wasn’t a small decision. We admit that people will face hardships for at least a month but it will be beneficial in the long term. A few political parties are opposing it. But bear with it for some time.”
He said that “terrorism is the weapon of the coward” and claimed that this government which “has a strong heart” has brought down extremism and Naxalism significantly over the last two years.
This comes in the wake of Shiv Sena allying in a protest march to Rashtrapati Bhavan led by Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee, in which the Aam Aadmi Party and National Conference had participated.
Sena is the oldest ally of BJP and part of the Modi government at the Centre and the BJP-led government in Maharashtra. Even though other parties sought immediate withdrawal of demonetisation exercise, Shiv Sena insisted that the government extend the deadline of accepting the old currency notes.
Reportedly, Shiv Sena has continuously targeted BJP-led government on demonetisation move as while the relentless queues at ATMs and banks for cash kept rising last week, Thackeray accused the government of “torturing people” and warned Modi of a “surgical strike” by people.
“If you have guts, conduct a surgical strike on Swiss banks where Indian money is stashed. Bring back this black money,” he said, adding, “Do not betray the people’s trust or you will see the impact of peoples’ ‘surgical strike’ against you.”