“To Resolve The Aftermath Of Demonetization”
The BJP’s most vocal, and dare one say, fearless leader Shatrughan Sinha’s done it again. A Tweet on prime minister Narendra Modi’s demonetization policy by Mr Sinha had to be deleted after an uproar in the party lines.
But the unvanquished warrior of politics remains unapologetic. “I stand by what I said. I had to delete the Tweet as it was being construed as a criticism of our beloved much revered prime minister , the super-hero NarendraModiji. How many times have I said this? And I say it again. Criticizing a party decision—and that’s what I am doing again—is not a criticism of the prime minister. I maintain the demonetization policy was well-intended but very badly executed. It seems like a decision implemented in josh(haste) rather than hosh(deliberation).”
Mr Sinha’s heart bleeds for the hardships the demonetization has caused the common man. “Forget black money , the working class is being denied access to his hard-earned money.You are saying you will get only Rs 2.5 lakhs to conduct a wedding. What can be done with that measly amount of money? Even a decent for the baraati costs more. Housewives who had for years cut their household expenditures to save money are suddenly being told their savings are illicit. This is not right. It is easy to say the common man is willing to suffer for the sake of the larger good. But where is larger good? As a very learned economist has opined ,the Rs 2,000 note may solve the problem of space crunch. But what would it quell the financial crunch? People are making jokes about the pink colour of the 2,000 rupee note coming off during Holi in their pockets, thereby sparing them the cost of buying colour. But I don’t think this is a joking matter. Today it’s the Rs 500 and Rs 1000 denomination that’s being discontinued. What if tomorrow the new Rs 2,000 and the new Rs500 notes are demonetized?”
Mr Sinha doesn’t deny the fact that we’re staring at a crisis situation. “The scariest part of this hastily implemented decision is that people have lost faith in the government and in the banking service.Today for the first time in a very long time the opposition is united ,thanks to demonetization. And for once what they are saying makes sense. Our honourable prime minister Narendra Modiji has been let down by his learnedadvisors.They have allowed him to act in haste. Now there are attempts to roll back the decision.A case of too little too late.”
But all, according to Mr Sinha, is not lost. “Modiji should immediately form a high-powered committee of BJPstalwarts like L K Advaniji, Murli Manoharji, Subramanam Swamiji,Arun Shoreyji….The committee should include a topnotch lawyer. It’s time to look at demonetization calmly and sensibly. If errors of judgement have been made there should be no shame in admitting these.I maintain, the prime minister’s decision of demonetization was well-intended. Its implementation left much to be desired. Correct the wrong done immediately. The junta will love the government for admitting its mistake.”