Published On : Mon, Sep 25th, 2017

Demonetisation move is a big US conspiracy: Chavan

Nagpur: Former Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Monday termed the demonetisation decision by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as conspiracy hatched by United States to destroy India’s economy. “Modi’s decision has left the economy of India in ruin and has only favoured the US-based financial institutions. Modi fell into the trap of highly ranked officials and as a result, people across the nation have been hit hard and they are bearing the pain,” Chavan charged.

Chavan was speaking to editors of newspapers in Nagpur. He arrived in the city after a tour of Akola. The former Chief Minister expressed his views on other topics as well.

“The Prime Minister has no knowledge of economy. It took enormous time to count the scrapped notes deposited in banks. During the demonetisation period, black money was turned into white in colossal magnitude. Corruption also took place in a big way. Whenever Modi visits foreign countries as nation’s Prime Minister, ‘marketing’ of local things is expected. But he visits foreign countries as ‘purchaser’ and not as ‘seller.’ He also takes chequebook along with him. That is why he is accorded ‘red carpet’ welcome by any country,” Chavan quipped.

Taking jibe at the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Chavan said Narendra Modi, a product of the Hindutva organisation, is deriding its office-bearers. “He is not listening to the diktats of RSS. This snubbing has left the organisation red-faced. The Sangh had “requested” Cabinet berths to Ram Madhav and Vinay Sahasrabuddhe in the recent reshuffle of ministry. But Modi did not pay any heed to the RSS bosses. Hence the RSS would indulge in “leg pulling” and show Modi his place in the coming two years,” Chavan claimed. He also questioned the rationale behind giving Defence Ministry to “inexperienced” Nirmala Sitharaman and added that the National Security Adviser Ajit Doval is running the External Affairs Ministry as a police department.

The former Maharashtra Chief Minister said that convention of Congress at national level has not been held since 2014. He also accepted that Congress is “lagging behind” in street agitations. The party is way behind in publicity in social media also, Chavan lamented.

Chavan also opposed the Bullet Train. The proposed Bullet Train in India has literally given new lease of life to shut down companies in Japan. This train will benefit more to Japan economically rather than India, he stated.