Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Saturday said that PM Narendra Modi will be responsible if the situation arising out of demonetisation goes out of control, warning that civic disturbances could erupt on account of the “chaos and trauma” caused to the common man because of the move.
“The Prime Minister provided ample time to industrialist friends and those within the ruling party to convert their black money before de-notifying the Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes. People in the streets are suffering and there is commotion and chaos everywhere. An economic emergency has been imposed and citizens are losing patience,” said Mayawati at a press conference.
Alleging the Prime Minister resorted to the move as a diversionary tactic, the BSP leader said that Modi realised in the heart of hearts that he had failed to fulfill even “one fourth of the election promises in the two-and-a-half years of being in office”.
Quoting media reports, Mayawati alleged that ahead of Modi’s announcement, the saffron party purchased expensive land in 14 districts of Bihar to construct party offices. “The “bhoomi pujan” (ground breaking ceremony) for the construction of a grand BJP office in Delhi had also been done before the PM’s announcement,” she said.
“For pulling a cruel trick on the common man in pursuance of vested political interests, the BJP will be taught a lesson in the coming elections in Uttar Pradesh and four other states as also in the 2019 general elections,” the BSP leader said.
Responding to charges that BSP tickets could be “purchased”, Mayawati hit back saying that unlike the BJP, which took money from big industrialists, “the BSP was run on donations from party MPs, workers and even prospective candidates”. “Apart from the BSP, all other political parties are enmeshed in black money,” she said.