Is PM Modi shouting at Sukhbir Badal over demonetisation?
A video is going viral on Facebook showing Prime Minister Narendra Modi berating Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal for an undisclosed reason.
Modi, who was in Punjab on Friday, had said that water going to Pakistan can be diverted for better use in Punjab, following the Supreme Court ordering Punjab to build the Satluj Yamuna Link canal and give Satluj water to Haryana.
Modi, who laid the foundation-stone of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at Bathinda, took potshots at the Oppostion and charged them with corruption which, in turn led to the adjournment of Parliament on Friday.
But the viral video shows Modi asking a rather pointed question to Sukhbir Badal and turning away after speaking to Health Minister JP Nadda. One can see a father’s concern in Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal’s countenance as Modi walks away from Sukhbir who is still trying to explain something to the Prime Minister.
Perhaps, Sukhbir had an ear to the ground and was warning the PM about the after-effects of demonetisation and that it should not be a painful hangover for the Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP alliance.
In his speech, Sukhbir said the SAD had brought many projects to the state and questioned the Congress claim of developing the state.
After the Shiv Sena, the SAD became the second BJP ally to come on record against the demonetisation. Sukhbir Badal criticised the Centre for demonetisation saying the crackdown on black money was “unworkable.”
Badal was quoted by CNN-News18, “This can’t be implemented in 50 days,” he said, adding that the crisis was “severe for rural women.”
“We support the PM, but this (the demonetisation) needs to be implemented better. People shouldn’t face problem in getting their own money,” he added.
If even friends and allies say all this should the PM not rethink demonetisation, we wonder!