Upbraiding the Narendra Modi government for its shoddy execution of the shock currency decision, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray on Saturday jumped on the anti-demonetisation bandwagon and wondered, “Do we set our house on fire if we find two mice in it?”
He said the currency move may lead to anarchy and unemployment and the government failed to anticipate the fallout.
While addressing a party meeting in Mumbai, Thackeray also criticised the central government for not making adequate preparations to ensure smooth transition.
Since the government invalidated Rs500 and Rs1,000 notes, cash-strapped people have been in distress owing to changing guidelines on withdrawal and deposit limits, Thackeray said.
This means that enough preparations were not put in place while rolling out the decision, the MNS chief added.
Thackeray said the cash crisis may last more than 50 days, the deadline set by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for normalcy.
“Going by the scenario, I am afraid the situation may go out of hand in the coming days. Our country may lead to anarchy and unemployment as factory owners resort to lay-offs,” he said, urging people to pray to God to help the country overcome the turmoil.