India: Shiv Sena needles prime minister on emotional pitch on demonetisation
Prime Minister Modi feels demonetisation is a bold step necessary to root out corruption, his critics think that this is a political stunt Photograph: (Others)
In a sarcastic take on the emotional pitch of Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the demonetisation, Shiv Sena today said his decision to scrap high-value currency notes would not put his life in danger unlike his predecessors Indira and Rajiv Gandhi who were assasinated while fighting for greater goals of the country.
Making an emotional appeal at a function in Goa on November 13, Modi had said that there were certain forces up against him that may not let him live and destroy him completely due to his decision on demonetisation and asserted that he was ready to face any consequence but would not get bogged down even if he was burnt alive.
"PM Modi is under a security which is impregnable, and where even a mosquito cannot bite him. Lives have been sacrificed by those innumerable freedom fighters for the nation. (Former PM) Indira Gandhi had waged a war against Khalistani anti-nationals, for which she paid by sacrificing her life," the Sena said in an editorial in party mouthpiece 'Saamana'.
"Rajiv Gandhi's decision to send a peace keeping force to Sri Lanka may be questionable but he had to sacrifice his life in return," it said.
"Modi has only changed the currency notes, which does not mean attacking Pakistan or dragging Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed to India...Hence, there is no scare to him from terrorists. It is the common man who is scared," the Sena said.
"PM Modi need not punish himself and the government need not take to heart the hardships being faced by common man," it added.
It said that people are suffering silently and in a peaceful manner and thus Modi need not fear for his life.
Despite being a partner of the BJP-led governments in Maharashtra as well as at the Centre, unlike other NDA components the Sena has taken a strident stance against the demonetisation, holding the hardship it causes to the people is greater than its positive yield.
In a stinging editorial its mouthpiece yesterday dubbed demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes as "demonic" and one that resulted in "financial anarchy" in the country and said that by doing so, he had hurt citizens, who did not possess any black money.