The Shiv Sena slammed Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar, calling him two-faced for criticising the Narendra Modi-led government’s demonetisation move in one place while sharing stage with the prime minister at another.
In an editorial in the party’s mouthpiece Saamana, the party said if Pawar had criticised the demonetisation exercise from the same stage that he shared in Baramati with Modi, even the Sena would have hailed him.
“Whatever is happening in the country has made the common man’s life even more miserable. But Pawar’s recent criticism was two-faced,” the Sena said.
“His behaviour in Baramati where he sat next to Modi was exactly the opposite. Modi had even said that he has learnt all of his political skill from Pawar. So, Pawar is equally responsible for the despair of farmers and the country’s common hard-working population,” the party added.
The Shiv Sena is itself a constituent of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government and has been criticising the method of implementation of the government’s demonetisation exercise, involving a sudden decommissioning of are 500 and Rs 1,000 denomination currency notes.
The Sena also continued its onslaught on the union government, saying the Centre can consider the demonetisation move as a success because it has shifted focus from all nationally-important issues such as poverty, agriculture, the violence at Kashmir among other things to lining up for cash from banks.
“It is fine that the government has imposed a seven-year imprisonment on those who transfer money into others’ accounts. It’s fine even if they declare a life punishment for it. But the only question is why should the common man be the scapegoat? How many of those who control the country’s economy by pumping in political funding have been put behind bars for even seven days? The country cannot afford for the common man to bear the punishment for others’ mistakes,” the party said.