New Delhi: BJP president Amit Shah has come out swinging against opposition parties, asking them to explain why they are criticizing the Centre’s decision to demonetize Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes. He also flatly dismissed questions over whether the decision was timed to give the BJP an edge in upcoming Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab.
“This is a democracy. There isn’t a year that goes by in this country without an election. There are two elections coming up next year,” said Shah, when asked about the timing of the move.
He also singled out four political parties and attacked them for their criticism of the decision to demonetize the high-denomination notes. “I can understand if this move has sparked panic among black marketeers or terrorists or drug dealers. But, I am surprised at the panic that it has caused among the various political parties,” he said.
“I would like to ask Rahul Gandhi, Mulayam Singh, Mayawati and Arvind Kejriwal: what is your problem with this move? This will help clean up politics.”
“Are you in favour of black money or against it? Are you in favour of terrorism or against it? Or you in favour of terrorism or against it? It is time for these four parties to come forward to explain why they are opposing this. It is time for the people of the country to ask the SP, BSP, AAP and Congress to explain themselves,” Shah added.
He also appealed to the people of the country to lend support to the move, which he characterized as a battle against black money. He repeated the assertion that law-abiding citizens have nothing to fear from the move.
“Whenever there is a move to push the nation towards progress, some people will be inconvenienced. I appeal to the people to support us through this. I appeal to the media to make it easier for the people to deal with any inconvenience. It is only a matter of a few days or a week before things return to normalcy,” Shah added.