Demonetisation: Amit Shah slams those critical of currency ban, claims black money reduced to scrap

Azamgarh: Hitting out at the parties criticising the Centre's demonetisation decision, BJP president Amit Shah on Thursday said they are only "exposing themselves", as anyone who is clean has no reason to oppose the move.

"BJP leaders are not worried with this [demonetisation] move. Those who have black money, they are rattled. If they are clean then why they are opposing this move?

"Mayawati, Congress, Samajwadi Party, Mamata, Communists, Kejriwal... all are raising hue and cry [over demonetisation]. Why are you all crying foul? Why are you exposing yourself before the public?" he told BJP's parivartan yatra rally in SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav's Lok Sabha constituency.

Demonetisation: Amit Shah slams those critical of currency ban, claims black money reduced to scrap

File photo of Amit Shah. Reuters

"Akhilesh bhai [Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav]... what are you concerned about? We did not have black money so there is no question of it going away. In just one stroke, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has rendered the notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 useless," Shah said in his typical style.

He said all the money with terrorists, drug mafia, naxals and corrupt black marketeers has been reduced to mere scrap.

"People have to stand in queues and we too are concerned... when big decisions are taken they give some problems but it makes the lives of others happy," Shah said, adding this (step) will bring down inflation and check black marketing and all fake currency notes from Pakistan will become useless.

With demonetisation creating hardships to the people in the middle of marriage and sowing seasons, the BJP chief said the prime minister today allowed withdrawals up to Rs 2.5 lakh for weddings and up to Rs 50,000 for farmers.

Besides, farmers who have taken crop loan or have Kisan Credit Card can withdraw Rs 25,000 per week.

The BJP president said Uttar Pradesh needs a government which can make the state the most prosperous in the country.

"The law and order situation is so bad that crime graph is at an all time high...SP and BSP cannot develop the state... only BJP government can develop Uttar Pradesh," he said.

Stating that land mafias were having a field day during the SP government, Shah warned that if his party comes to power, none of them (land mafias) will be spared.

Asserting that the government avenged the Uri attack on soldiers by killing the terrorists in their home, Shah said this act of bravery was termed as 'Khoon Ki Dalali' by Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi.

"Pakistan backed terrorists in a coward act killed our armymen in Uri. But we did not sit idle, we gave them befitting reply by killing terrorists in their home..and Rahul Gandhi termed it as 'khoon ki dalali'," Shah said.

Speaking about the various policy initiatives taken by the Modi government for uplift of poor and backward sections of the society, Shah said government launched schemes but the uncle-nephew government of Uttar Pradesh government is not implementing them.

He also spoke at length on Modi government's contribution in Uttar Pradesh, achievements of central government, surgical strikes and schemes for the poor, farmers, women, youth, backward, scheduled castes and villages.

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Updated Date: Nov 17, 2016 17:57:05 IST

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