Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday claimed his party has not softened its stance on demonetisation, hinting it could step up opposition if people’s sufferings continue after December 30, a deadline set by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to set things right.
Taking a cue from Akhilesh Yadav dispensation in Uttar Pradesh, Thackeray, whose party is second largest constituent of the NDA government, also suggested giving compensation to kin of those who lost lives allegedly in the aftermath of demonetisation.
“(When demonetisation was announced) I had neither opposed nor welcomed the move. I had only maintained that the common people should not be inconvenienced. 30 (of the 50) days have gone, but there is no sign that the problems have decreased.
Rather, problems are on the rise day-by-day,” Thackeray told reporters.
Asked his party’s move after remaining 20 of the 50 days Prime Minister had initially asked for, Thackeray said, “Let the period get over as ‘achhe din’ are in store.”
“Let’s wait for the 20 days, people will have something to say about it. We will talk about our stand after these 20 days,” he said.
To a question whether the Shiv Sena, which had joined a protest led by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, has softened its stand on demonetisation after a party delegation met Prime Minister Narendra Modi last month, Thackeray replied in negative.
“We are not economists. But some experts like Manmohan Singh, Amartya Sen have opposed it. They too have opined it is a wrong decision,” he said.
Asked which side Sena will be on if discussions are held inside Lok Sabha under a rule which entails voting, Thackeray evaded a direct reply to the question, saying “the party will remain with people”.