Shiv Sena to join Mamata-led Opposition march against demonetisation
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday reached out to the Shiv Sena, the BJP ally in Maharashtra, and asked it to take part in the Opposition march to Rashtrapati Bhavan to raise the issue of demonetisation with President Pranab Mukherjee.
Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray has confirmed that the party will join the march and support the Opposition against the Centre’s move to demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes and the chaos it has caused all over the country.
Shiv Sena Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut said, “This is not anti-government or against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This is an issue concerning the 125 crore people of India and their suffering, their ongoing torture, about which every political party is concerned.”
Shiv Sena, a constituent of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party-led NDA at the Centre and in Maharashtra, has been one of the loudest critics of the Modi government. After the 2014 Assembly elections in the state, Shiv Sena has kept up the attack on the Centre and maintain peace in Maharashtra.
Commenting on PM Modi’s speech in which he claimed that there were certain forces up against him that may not let him live, Saamna, the party mouthpiece, had said, “Modi has only changed the currency notes, which does not mean attacking Pakistan or dragging Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed to India. Hence, there is no threat to him from terrorists. It is the common man who is scared.”
Shiv Sena has described the demonetisation as “a cure being worse than the disease”. Uddhav Thackeray has said the Shiv Sena is not against Modi, but now “it is a matter of life and death for the people of the country”. He even threatened BJP saying, “If Modi can go with Sharad Pawar, then why Shiv Sena can’t join Banerjee?”