SHIV-SENA took a complete ‘U-Turn’ in their attitude on ‘Demonetization’ saying now a ‘Bold and Historic Decision’
A Report on ‘Current Changes’ observed by:
Harbans S Nagokay
Jammu, November 22
Though and When; ‘Rich people in India can be seen as if begging the poor to help them after note ban’ Shiv Sena, also made a complete U-turn in their stance on demonetisation. A delegation of Shiv Sena MPs on Tuesday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and lauded the move as “a bold and historic decision” and assured of their full support.
Following the introduction of the note ban, wealthy individuals started treating their servants with unusual politeness in hope they will help launder cash and are almost behaving like as if begging the poor to launder money for them after the Indian government abolished the country’s largest currency notes in a bid to curb unaccounted wealth and corruption, according to reports. Well-off people at Jammu also, are said to be treating their maids, drivers, caregivers and cooks with unusual politeness, in the hope of persuading them to launder undeclared cash they had been stashing in their homes following what the few bests called a “strike” against people who keep unaccounted-for cash in the country.
Yet, at a meeting of the BJP Parliamentary Party ahead of another stormy day in Parliament, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked his party men to stop calling his demonetisation policy “a surgical strike” on black money, saying only soldiers can do that. PM said “Tell people this is against fake currency, against terror and black-sheep’s. Don’t call it surgical strike. Only a soldier can do surgical strikes. We aren’t capable of it. The Opposition can say it, but you don’t say it,” Modi is reported to have told his MPs.
Surgical strike came into the nation’s parlance in September this year after the Indian Army crossed the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir to destroy the terror camps in Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir and kill terrorists, an operation conducted to avenge the Uri terror attack in which 19 Indian soldiers were killed.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi met this morning with MPs from his party and, in what attendees described as an emotional speech, said his shock decision earlier this month to abolish 500 and 1,000-rupee notes was taken “to help the poor.” The government has stressed that the notes ban is aimed at checking black money, corruption and money-laundering.PM Modi told his party’s lawmakers that the opposition is “spreading misinformation” and urged them to inform the public about the many benefits of the reform. “This is the beginning, not the end,” said the PM about his plan to fight tax evasion.The BJP parliamentarians then passed a resolution backing the PM’s “daring initiative” with “a national project of cleansing the system.” The statement praised the government for “pro-active” responses every day to help people, a reference to the near-daily tweaking of rules on how much money can be pulled out or exchanged by people.The BJP expressed its confidence that those waiting in long lines for cash support the reform and are “queueing for a better India”.
On other hand, experts from civil society, had predicted that those who would be worst-hit by the crackdown would be Corrupt Politicians, Bureaucrats / Officials, Policemen, Practicing Doctors, lawyers and wealthy professionals / grey capitalists and big investors of real estate, who are often paid in cash to avoid taxes and stash their money in overseas accounts. And, following the introduction of the note ban, panicked customers lined up at banks to exchange and deposit old notes, sometimes standing in queues for hours.
At the end, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked people to log onto his app to provide him feedback on his decision to outlaw 500 and 1,000 rupee notes.The PM also tweeted, “I want your first-hand view on the decision taken regarding currency notes. Take part in the survey on the NM App. http://nm4.in/dnldapp.
It is otherwise to recollect that in a series of speeches, the PM has asked people “for just 50 days” (till December 30) to flush out black or untaxed money. He has also said he is confident that they will bear with “some temporary inconvenience” for the long-term interest of the country. And today again, in his speech to party’s lawmakers this morning, PM Modi became emotional as he said the opposition is deliberately misinforming the public about the reform.