The Shiv Sena supported Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MP Udayanraje Bhosale’s contention that people would “loot and destroy banks” if the situation arising out of demonetisation did not improve soon. The party said Bhosale voiced the concerns of the common man.
“During the British rule, Indians in Satara would loot banks and government treasuries. Bhosale,who is also from Satara, has warned the government that people will loot banks to live. Will the government shoot these people?” the Shiv Sena said in an editorial in party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’.
Bhosale — a descendant of Maratha warrior king Chhatrapati Shivaji —said many Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MPs and MLAs are close friends of his, and they too have not accepted the demonetisation move. He made this statement at a function paying homage to the late deputy Prime Minister YB Chavan in Sangli last week. The event was attended by several political bigwigs.
“At one time, Bhosale had joined the BJP and was even made a minister. So, the BJP cannot him disown him now. If the government has courage, it should challenge his statements,” said the Shiv Sena.
“People in rural areas have suffered a lot after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision. However, no leader from the rural areas is ready to speak up against it. These leaders have their hands full with old notes. They can neither move the money nor keep it,” read the editorial.