PM Modi's step against black money a 'political gimmick': Tripura CM

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Tripura CM slams PM Modi for banning currency notes of Rs 500 and 1000
Tripura CM slams PM Modi for banning currency notes of Rs 500 and 1000

New Delhi : Amid praise in a single tone for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's brave step to ban Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes, Tripura Chief Minister has reacted sharply to it, claiming that it is nothing but a 'political gimmick' aimed at diverting the attention of common people from his failures.

"We can term this as a gimmick, a drama or a spark but if the Prime Minister or the political heads of his party think that the people of our country are fool then they are making a mistake. There is no reason to believe that people are so foolish," Sarkar told the media here.

He said that the poor, especially in rural areas, will be the worst sufferers as they shall not be able to exchange the notes in absence of bank and  bank account.

Sarkar said, "Now, what has it ultimately led us to? Are there banks everywhere in our country? What is our experience in Tripura? We are facing problems in making the payment of MGNREGA and in our social pension many people are unable to withdraw money as there is no bank nearby to their houses and so the CDPO are identifying them and withdrawing money and handing over it to them."

He also posted questions over PM Narendra Modi's failed poll promise to deposit 15 lakh rupees in accounts per family.

"Those who have black money by not paying tax to the nation, they do not keep it in hidden sacks in the house and the Prime Minister himself had said this during the last Lok Sabha election that in foreign banks there several lakh of crores of black money of Indians and if his government can come to power then they shall bring back this money and distribute among the country man at a rate of Rs. 15 lakh for each family. Now, the step the PM has taken with that how can he get back that black money which is deposited in foreign banks," he said.

"He has not taken any step to get back that money and now he is keeping mum on this issue. He promised to get the money within 100 days after forming the government but now 30 months or 900 days are over. But neither the PM or his party leaders are saying anything on this issue," added Sarkar.

While CM remained defiant over PM Modi's decision, Tripura BJP state president Biplab Kumar Deb hailed PM's move and said political parties will suffer a huge loss because of this.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday evening announced discontinuation of old Indian currency notes of Rs 500 and 1000.

Briefing the media in the national capital this evening, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the new series of notes of 500 and 2000 rupees will be available in banks and post- offices from Thursday. He said there will be adequate availability of these notes in banks and post offices in the coming days and people will not face any difficulty in replacing their old notes.