Normally, people would be anti-Govt at the slightest inconvenience caused to them by any policy or decision. It is truly amazing that a vast majority of Indians have stood by ModiSarkar and the PM, personally, in the demonetisation move. There are problems and those will remain for a few more days or weeks. But the ones creating the loudest noises aren’t the ordinary people. It is mostly the Opposition and some politicians in particular and the usual suspects in media. Of the lot, the two most badly hit by demonetisation appear to be Mamata Banerjee and Arvind Kejriwal with Rahul Gandhi and Mayawati in tow with fake dramatics and anger. People are laughing at the way these politicians have made a comic stock of themselves. In a previous post we saw Rajdeep Sardesai going to his bank to fish for anti-Modi soundbites and getting none. The eternal anti-Modi hate-monger Ravish Kumar of NDTV spared no effort to instigate people standing in Qs at some place in Delhi (video 2.08 mins):
Frustrated and angry – Ravish tells the crowd to write down what documents are required for exchanges for the benefit of public. People standing Qs are supposed to be doing that or the media guy in the middle is expected to do such public service? More frustration follows as the groups chant in favour of Modi. Eventually, like a hyena that didn’t get its left-over meal, Ravish quietly slinks away from the scene cursing under his breath. The Opposition refused to debate the issue in Parliament unless the PM speaks. Their poor logic is that PM was the one who made the announcement. So what if the RBI governor or Shaktikanta Das had made the announcement? They would ask these gentlemen to answer in the Parliament? Kejriwal has more or less had a psychological breakdown. He even thinks banks have become rich and will run away like Vijay Mallya:
Vijay Mallya is not a fugitive over black money. He escaped from India after allegedly defrauding many banks and is accused of hawala transactions. And who were the ones who doled out all those undeserved loans to Mallya even when his ship was sinking? The Congress, of course. NPAs of banks saw a dramatic increase under Congress. Here’s a small opener from a Moneylife article from February 2014:
“Non-performing assets (NPAs) of the banks, especially public sector banks (PSBs), have been going up sharply recently. According to one of the estimates, the gross non-performing assets (NPAs) of listed banks rose 35.2% to Rs2.43 lakh crore during the first three quarters of the current financial year. In absolute terms, the 40 listed banks added Rs63,386 crore to their gross NPAs during the nine months till December 2013, with State Bank of India (SBI), the largest lender in the country, leading with an accretion of Rs16,610 crore”.
Mallya is only one sample. Now, imagine if ModiSarkar had to raid all those suspected to be hoarding black money. Many of them would be top politicians of all hues. There would have been a massive outrage. Cries of “vendetta” would have polluted the air for days. That’s the reason the Opposition has a sudden, new-found love for the poor and farmers. Never seen so much love for ordinary people by these parties as they fought over each other to show who cares more for the poor:
People queuing up for water didn’t bother Kejriwal. People dying through dengue or chicken guniya didn’t bother him. He ran off to Gujarat during the epidemic and never attended office or an emergency meeting when people were dying. Dozens of deaths and suicides over the Sarada scam didn’t bother MamataB. And the scamsters are still at large. The less said about the Congress the better. They sucked the blood of the poor like mosquitoes with their monumental scams. The CAG even pointed to massive scams in the much-touted farmer-loan waivers.
Mayawati too has been ranting like crazy. Wonder how much she lost. Some politicians have been savagely inconsiderate towards the poor they claim to speak for. More than once Mayawati has been garlanded with large numbers of currency notes on her birthday. She reportedly lives in a house worth 200 crores with over 13 rooms and vast bedrooms and multiple TVs all over the house. And when Modi pointed out her garlands in a speech she was quick to use the only tool best known to victimhood specialists – she played the Dalit-card. She claimed Modi had insulted a Dalit’s daughter. Only, this time nobody was buying such crap. Everybody knew where the black money was. Instead of raiding hundreds or thousands of people Modi just turned their black money into garbage in one stroke. If the Dalit card was played, would the Muslim-card be too far? The Congress guy was quick to follow-up with demonetisation being “Anti-Muslim”:
They are simply too predictable. Mamata Banerjee has called for a “Bharat Bandh” for Monday, November 28. Oh yes! She understands the problems of the poor and therefore, to help them she and others have called for a Bharat Bandh so that their suffering can be alleviated. The Congress quietly backed out of the Bandh call but has stated it will carry out protests. There are people who are angry at the inconvenience and the problems caused but none is willing to stand with the Opposition. The only ones standing with them are the usual Modi-haters and nobody gives a damn about them. Mamata’s statement calling for the bandh is laughable to say the least:
Nobody will support BJP? Even their own workers will abandon them? In which case Mamata and other Opposition agitators should be dancing in the streets in sheer joy instead of calling for bandhs. We know who has really got a Black Eye now. And Modi did this without punching anyone directly. Black Money and corruption are not diseases to be cured slowly and steadily over the years. They have only grown to become a bigger cancer. Incrementalism would not have cured this evil and still a complete cure is not accomplished. A dramatic decision and action was called for. The guys on the street too know who’s got the black money and he’s not going to support any bandh:
The Opposition would be wiser in getting their silly heads together and not rant any further against a decision that is largely popular with the masses. If this wasn’t so, there would have already been many riots in this country as so desperately desired by some politicians who repeatedly threatened law and order problems. Nothing happened. I am certain they are the ones will end up with a Black Eye in any forthcoming elections. Modi will use their support of black money to the hilt in his campaigns. They fell into the trap he cleverly laid for them.