Demonetisation was well intended but very badly executed: Shatrughan Sinha
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Demonetisation was well intended but very badly executed: Shatrughan Sinha

Actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha goes all guns blazing as he finds faults with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s demonetisation move

bollywood Updated: Nov 26, 2016 17:54 IST
Subhash K Jha
Subhash K Jha
Hindustan Times
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BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha feels a special committee is required to deal with problems which have risen post demonetisation. (PTI)

Actor Shatrughan Sinha hit out at PM Modi’s demonetisation move on Friday with a series of tweets that he later had to delete, following an uproar by BJP members.

A BJP leader himself, Sinha says he still stands by his criticism of the move. “I stand by what I said. I had to delete the tweet as it was being construed as a criticism of our beloved, much revered prime minister, the super-hero Narendra Modiji... Criticising a party decision is not a criticism of the Prime Minister. I maintain that demonetisation was well intended but very badly executed. It seems like a decision implemented in josh (haste) instead of hosh (deliberation). Forget black money, the working class is being denied access to his hard-earned money. You are saying you will get only Rupees 2.5 lakh to conduct a wedding. What can be done with that measly amount? Even a decent welcome for the baraat costs more... It is easy to say that the common man is willing to suffer for the larger good. But where is the larger good? As a learned economist has said, the Rs 2,000 note may solve the problem of space crunch. But would it quell the financial crunch? People are making jokes about the pink colour of the 2,000 rupee note coming off during Holi in their pockets, and save them money on buying colours. I don’t think this is a joking matter. Today, it’s the `500 and Rs 1,000, what if tomorrow the new Rs 2,000 and the new Rs 500 notes are demonetised?”

Sinha adds, “The scariest part is that people have lost faith in the government and in the banking service. Today for the first time in a long time, the opposition is united. And for once what they are saying makes sense. Honourable PM has been let down by his learned advisors.”

The actor-politician suggests a solution, “Modiji should immediately form a high-powered committee of BJP stalwarts like LK Advaniji, Murli Manoharji, Subramaniyam Swamiji,Arun Shourieji... The committee should include a top notch lawyer. If errors of judgement have been made there should be no shame in admitting these... Correct the wrong immediately. Janta will love the government for admitting its mistake.”

First Published: Nov 26, 2016 17:54 IST