Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Friday slammed Modi government over the demonetisation decision claiming that the move is proving to be a ‘torture for people’. He dared PM Modi to conduct a ‘surgical strike’ on Swiss banks and bring back black money instead of ‘torturing’ common people.
“People have put immense faith in you. Do not betray their trust or you will see the impact of people’s’ surgical strike against you,” Uddhav warned PM Modi.
He said his party is not against eradicating black money from country’s economy but the manner in which it has been done without giving adequate time has caused great discomfort to common people.
“If your move is against corruption, we are with you, but not at the cost of troubling the common man. Your sudden decision at a time when new notes are not available adequately, is proving to be a torture for people,” Udhav said.
As people are thronging in front of ATMs to withdraw money there was a report that a man died in a queue in Mumbai. Thackeray asked, “Who is responsible for his death? Will the people who have taken this decision (of demonetisation) accept responsibility for his death?.”
Questioning the rationale behind the decision, the Sena chief said, “What purpose will it serve by harassing people and weeding out black money from the system in such a manner.If you have guts, conduct a surgical strike on Swiss banks where Indian money is stashed. Bring back this black money.”
He asked government to make the process of conversion of old notes convenient for people. “Do you even understand what you are doing? The government should understand the plight of people and the consequences of their anger.”
Thackeray demanded that the Centre extend the period for which old notes were being accepted and asked to scrap the road tax until there was an adequate supply of new notes.