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Shiv Sena says demonetisation has turned people into beggars

Taking a dig at BJP leaders who called Prime Minister Narendra Modi ‘God’s gift to India’, ally Shiv Sena on Tuesday said citizens were god but the government had turned them into beggars after demonetisation. The Shiv Sena on Tuesday also drew a comparison between the British era and the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government stating that both had blind followers who believed their governance to be god’s blessing.

Many people termed British rule “divine dispensation” during the colonial era, the Sena recalled in an editorial in its mouthpiece Saamana. But the British rule was not god’s gift as it only looted the people, it said. The editorial, citing the British divide and rule policy, opined that businessmen running a country is not a good idea.

“They survived here for 150 years using ‘divide and rule’ methods. Those who feel the current regime is divine dispensation should stop insulting god. Citizens are god and they have become beggars because of the demonetisation decision,” it said. The Sena also accused the Modi government of lavishing money on advertisements to claim credit for a host of issues and asked why it was silent on pests attacking the cotton crop in Vidarbha.

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