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Uddhav Thackeray comes down heavily on PM Narendra Modi over demonetization Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes.

Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray came down heavily on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for “leaving people in the lurch” after demonetizing Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes.

Clarifying that Sena was not opposed to weeding out corruption and black money, Thackeray said there was no need for the Centre to go in for demonetization without adequate preparations. “Instead of harassing citizens, the Centre should strike at the root of black money,” he said at a press conference at Sena Bhavan on Friday.

“Is the Centre going to put up CCTV cameras in every house and check every bank locker?” Thackeray asked sarcastically. “People are under duress, but the PM is on a foreign trip…Countrymen are seething with anger as they have to face countless problems following the scrapping of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes. If people do a surgical strike on this government in the next elections, BJP will have to pay a very heavy price.”

Thackeray’s criticism is a clear indication that Sena is keen on distancing itself from the political consequences of Modi’s demonetization move, said observers. Sena strategists felt BJP will have to face Mumbaikars’ brunt during the forthcoming civic elections.

“Modi did a surgical strike along the LoC and deserved praise. However, his demonetization decision could rebound on him,” Thackeray said in reply to a question. “(Former PM) Morarji Desai had taken a similar decision and we all know what the outcome was.”

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