[dropcap color=”#008040″ boxed=”yes” boxed_radius=”8px” class=”” id=””]T[/dropcap]he demonetization move by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has created very curious political alignments. It first really changed the political trapezium with a blunt surprise of the National Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar backing Modi’s strong actions against black money. Pawar support on fight against black money and corruption really created laughter, when TV channel’s flashed the news of Pawar praising Modi. But within two days he did a U-turn by cursing Modi on the demonetization chaos to common man. Was the praise anticipating a return of favour that failed to materialize?
Another ally Akali Dal is treading softly on demonetization due to the chaos in banking and ATM administration as Punjab is going to witness a bitter battle in the forthcoming Assembly elections.
Modi might not have expected opposition from his ever sulking ally Shiv Sena. There is a problem with this ever sulking ideological cousin due to some BJP leaders’ proximity to Pawar. Even after Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s (RSS) intervention, some senior leaders in BJP were seen always hobnobbing with Pawar and pricking Sena’s egos which could perhaps be settled over straight talks. Another ally Akali Dal is treading softly on demonetization due to the chaos in banking and ATM administration as Punjab is going to witness a bitter battle in the forthcoming Assembly elections. Obviously Akali Dal doesn’t want any anti-incumbency factors to be added due to public anger on faults in implementation.
But the unexpected bonanza for the BJP is the strong support of Janata Dal United (JDU) leader and Mod’s arch rival Nitish Kumar on demonetization. Every day, the Bihar Chief Minister is supporting Modi’s demonetization policy and justifying his stand, while his coalition partner Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD)’s Lalu Prasad is opposing it. Another unexpected support Modi got is from Odisha Chief Minister and BJD Chief Navin Patnaik. Andhra Pradesh and Telangana Chief Ministers Chandra Babu Naidu and K Chandrasekhar Rao have shown rare unity by supporting the demonetization. These two Chief Ministers were always supporting the Prime Minister, even though they quarrel with each other.
[dropcap color=”#008040″ boxed=”yes” boxed_radius=”8px” class=”” id=””]M[/dropcap]amta Banerjee’s party which embroiled in hawala and money laundering cases such as Saradha Chit Fund naturally lost its cool on withdrawal of high value currency notes, which is the main trading item in the illegal money market. West Bengal’s Bangladesh border areas are considered as the one of the main centres of country’s fake currency operation and it is a known fact that several politicians are supporting this illegal racket for decades. An angry Mamta even appealed to her arch rival CPI-M for support.
Rumor on the grapevine is that Mulayam is expected to make an alliance with Congress and may give around 90 seats from the 425 seats in the biggest state to prevent the BJP’s chances at any cost.
Mamta got a buddy in this protests on demonetization – AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal, who takes an opposite stand on anything and everything Modi does. Kejriwal during his anti-corruption movement days supported Baba Ramdev’s demand for withdrawal of Rs.500 and Rs.1000 notes. Those days he too described these high value notes as the fountainhead of corruption in India. But now due to the non-curable Modi Phobia, he blindly opposes demonetization and its merits in curbing black money and hawala and fake currency operations.
CPI-M is on a double standard on this issue. Demonetization has hit the party’s stronghold in Co-Operative Banks in Kerala. Our earlier article exposed the party’s duplicity in demanding prevention and probing of Co-Operative Banks in West Bengal, simply because it is controlled by arch rival Trinamool Congress.
The worries of Samajwadi Chief Mulayam Singh and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati are understandable due to the withdrawal of high value currency, as Uttar Pradesh is going to witness Assembly polls soon. Modi’s demonetization has silenced the warring family members of Mulayam Singh. Are they united in the calamity of the high value note ban? Rumor on the grapevine is that Mulayam is expected to make an alliance with Congress and may give around 90 seats from the 425 seats in the biggest state to prevent the BJP’s chances at any cost.
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