Sena’s stand on notes ban firm de­spite Ra­j­nath call

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De­spite the BJP’s at­tempt to iron out dif­fer­ences, the Shiv Sena con­tin­ued fir­ing salvos at the Naren­dra Modiled gov­ern­ment, say­ing for­mer party chief Bal Thack­eray should have been alive to chop the tongues of those liken­ing peo­ple’s de­mon­eti­sa­tion de­spair to pa­tri­o­tism.

Union home min­is­ter Ra­j­nath Singh spoke to Sena chief Ud­dhav Thack­eray on Wed­nes­day af­ter the lat­ter’s party joined an op­po­si­tion march to Rash­tra­p­ati Bha­van against the gov­ern­ment’s de­mon­eti­sa­tion move.

The march, led by Tri­namool Congress chief Ma­mata Ban­er­jee, was also joined by par­ties such as the Aam Aadmi Party. How­ever, while other par­ties are push­ing for im­me­di­ate with­drawal of de­mon­e­ti­za­tion — the sud­den de­com­mis­sion­ing of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 de­nom­i­na­tion cur­rency notes — the Sena has been crit­i­cis­ing the im­ple­men­ta­tion method for in­con­ve­nienc­ing peo­ple. Ud­dhav said, “We are with the gov­ern­ment in its war against black money. But the pro­hi­bi­tions on district co­op­er­a­tive banks on ac­cept­ing the de­com­mis­sioned cur­rency notes, and other such im­prac­ti­cal re­stric­tions should be lifted. The com­mon man is not a thief. If the in­ten­tion is good, then make sure even the im­ple­men­ta­tion process is good.”

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