Mayawati, Akhilesh hit out at BJP over Demo

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LUC­KNOW: The Sa­ma­jwadi Party and Bahu­jan Sa­maj Party on Fri­day tried to cor­ner the BJP over the de­mon­eti­sa­tion is­sue, terming it a fail­ure and de­manded an apol­ogy from the rul­ing party.

“They (BJP) had sought 50 days, but now two years have passed af­ter de­mon­eti­sa­tion... Peo­ple are still await­ing an an­swer that ex­cept run­ning busi­ness and in­creas­ing un­em­ploy­ment, what ben­e­fit has it given? If the gov­ern­ment con­sid­ers it a suc­cess, it should tell (peo­ple) in whose pocket the ben­e­fit went,” SP chief Akhilesh Ya­dav said.

BSP supremo Mayawati, too, slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party for the de­ci­sion. “Af­ter two years of de­mon­eti­sa­tion, any of the ob­jec­tives as claimed by the BJP were not met. The BJP should of­fer an apol­ogy for the move. The BJP gov­ern­ment at the Cen­tre will be re­mem­bered as a gov­ern­ment of fail­ures in which none of the prom­ises made to the peo­ple were ful­filled,” she said in a state­ment.

De­scrib­ing the move as an “eco­nomic emer­gency”, the Dalit leader said re­sent­ment was brew­ing among the peo­ple as the BJP, which promised to bring back black money and en­sure “ac­che din” (good days), stands ex­posed.

“While de­mon­eti­sa­tion broke the back of the poor, it helped the BJP men make their black money white by de­posit­ing them in banks.

“What­ever facts and data avail­able state that due to the im­ma­ture de­ci­sion taken in haste, noth­ing could be achieved ex­cept ag­gra­vat­ing prob­lems of the peo­ple,” Mayawati said. The for­mer Ut­tar Pradesh chief min­is­ter added that the saf­fron party should avoid “con­fronta­tion” with con­sti­tu­tional and au­tonomous bod­ies as it was not in the in­ter­est of the coun­try.

Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi on No­vem­ber 8, 2016, had an­nounced a ban on the then-in-use Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 de­nom­i­na­tion notes with im­me­di­ate ef­fect.

The Bjp-led gov­ern­ment had de­fended the move, say­ing it was nec­es­sary to wipe out il­le­gal money stashed away abroad.

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