50 days of difficulty will give 50 years of relief from black money: Amit Shah
The party is attempting to end a 15-year wait to grab power in the country’s most populous and politically crucial state.india Updated: Dec 17, 2016 19:43 IST
Fifty days of inconvenience to the people will bring 50 years of relief from black money, BJP president Amit Shah said on Saturday, asking voters in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh to bear the hardship caused by the ban on high-value banknotes.
Shah’s defence of the government’s shock announcement was an apparent counter to chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and BSP chief Mayawati’s stringent criticism of the demonetisation exercise which they say has caused immense hardship to the people.
“We know line is there (in banks and ATMs), people are facing difficulty. But (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi has sought 50 days. The inconvenience of these 50 days will provide relief from black money for the coming 50 years,” Shah at a rally in Shahjahanpur in west UP.
The BJP leader said only those who had stashed black money worth crores were suffering.
“Have you seen the faces of Mamata (Banerjee) and Mayawati...their faces have lost glow, they have started looking 10 years older in a day,” he said in his 40-minute address.
Shah also predicted a BJP win in the assembly elections next year.
“No one can stop BJP from coming into power in UP. Even if all the (opposition) parties are united, they will not be able to stop BJP,” he said drawing applause from around 30,000 people.
The party is attempting to end a 15-year wait to grab power in the country’s most populous and politically crucial state.
Shah said in the last 15 years, UP’s development had suffered under SP and BSP rules and people were now looking for “parivartan” (change).
“Akhilesh Yadav knows he is going to lose in the election. He is scared of Modiji’s popularity,” he said, adding that the chief minister’s recent talk of an alliance with Congress proved his desperation.
(With agency inputs)
First Published: Dec 17, 2016 19:43 IST