Mamata Banerjee wears chappals and ordinary saris, she does not have black money: Ramdev
"I think she is not opposed to the demonetisation move per se. But I feel she is not happy the way it was implemented."
Close confidant of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Yoga guru Baba Ramdev on Saturday lauded West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, saying that she had enough credential to become Prime Minister.
"There should not be any question regarding her credibility in politics. If son of a chai-wala could become Prime Minister, Mamataji could also become Prime Minister," Ramdev said while speaking at an Infocom Seminar.
"In politics, Mamataji is the symbol of honesty and simplicity. I love her simplicity. She wears chappals and ordinary saris. I believe she does not have black money," he said. "Once during my visit to West Bengal, when Left Front was in power, I had said the Leftists should go and Mamataji should come to power. And exactly it happened thereafter," he added.
It is to be noted that Ramdev is firm supporter of demonetisation, while Banerjee is staunch opposition to it. But Ramdev defended her saying, "I think she is not opposed to the demonetisation move per se. But I feel she is not happy the way it was implemented."
Patanjali owner said, "I had planted the seeds of demonetisation. I continued the movement from 2009 to 2014 and asked the government to withdraw Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes as it was root cause of corruption, black money generation and terror and militant funding."
Now with demonetisation, black money generation, corruption and terror funding had stopped totally, he said at the seminar. He also added that common people are not even complaining about the inconvenience caused to them.
However, Ramdev said he believed that total cashless system could not be possible immediately and it would take time, at least six months.
He went on to praise Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the move, and took jibe at opposition saying that former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who had never spoken a word on any issue, had actually spoken now on the issue.
"This is the effect of demonetisation you see," he quipped.