The Shiv Sena is keeping up the pressure on its ally at the Centre, the BJP, over its demonetisation move. Party chief Uddhav Thackeray will on Thursday meet Union finance minister Arun Jaitley to discuss the impact of the sudden ban on old Rs500 and Rs1,000 banknotes on the common man.
A month ago, the Narendra Modi-led Central government discontinued the banknotes, in a bid it said to weed out those with black money and curb counterfeiting. Ever since, common citizens have been lining up at ATMs and banks, waiting to exhange their useless notes for new ones. The Sena, while maintaining it had nothing against its ally’s demonetisation move, has constantly criticised its poor implementation across the country. Thackeray had spoken to Jaitley over the phone soon after the announcement on November 8
“On Thursday, the Sena chief will meet Jaitley over tea at 3.30pm to discuss the consequences of demonetisation and the distress faced by the common man,” a Sena functionary said. Uddhav met Union home minister Rajnath Singh in Delhi on Wednesday.
The Sena has maintained that one of its main issues with the notes ban was how it is paralysing the rural economy, which unlike the cities works on cash.
The party, which has had choppy relations with the BJP, has been very vocal in its censures of the implementation, even joining an opposition march led by Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congess last month. The Sena’s Members of Parliament have also knocked on the doors of the Prime Minister and the Reserve Bank of India Governor to request measures to ease the cash crunch.