Demonetisation khichdi heats up: Amit Shah howls at BJP leaders, Akalis warn of effect on polls
A total 97 people have died following demonetisation
The BJP is feeling the stress that demonetisation can have on its votebanks. Party office-bearers seem to have briefed party chief Amit Shah yesterday, only to have him howl at them.
A report on scroll.in said Shah shouted at the party office-bearers and asked them to make the demonetisation announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi a success.
At a BJP parliamentary party meet today, Modi himself blamed the Congress for putting itself before the country. The Prime Minister, who has refused to entertain Opposition demands for a discussion in Parliament, is reported to have said public discourse is at a historic low. Modi’s meeting today and Shah’s yesterday is proof of the tenterhooks BJP leaders are in. A total 97 people have died following demonetisation.
It is obvious that BJP functionaries are aware that the dithering after demonetisation is beginning to hurt the party as the queues outside banks for cash exchange have stayed the same length or more. But now, ATMs are not being replenished. Nor is cash being printed to replenish. Irate citizens stand in queues only to find that the cash is out way before they reach the teller. As a result, highways are being blocked, like the NH-24 today. The quagmire is not letting go.
In Punjab, the Akalis have pushed the panic button on feeling the popular discontent in the state which is to head for elections. With senior Akali leaders telling the BJP to sort out the troubles caused by the note ban in 15 days.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has also sounded the warning to the Centre that the honeymoon period for the troubles vis-à-vis demonetisation are over. The lone Opposition leader to support demonetisation, Kumar is learnt to have told the government that it needs to sort out the cash shortage.
The Opposition unity that was on display yesterday with Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi getting the support from all parties including the Left didn’t last. The Samajwadi Party, the BSP, the NCP, the DMK and the Left seem to have taken offence to the Congress delegation meeting Prime Minister. Unilateral decision, they said. The PM said Rahul should meet him often. The confusion post-demonetisation has become surreal, with too many revisions to the khichdi recipe, leaving just turmeric and water. And the people of India are still standing in queues outside banks and ATMs to withdraw their own, hard-earned money.