Demonetisation: Mayawati, Mamata, Mulayam might have been in grief but not BJP says Parrikar

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Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar claimed that those involved in chit fund scams are now in trouble due to the Centre’s demonetisation decision.

Manohar Parrikar
Ahmedabad: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar speaks at the inaugural ceremony of “Tech Fest”, a unique initiative aimed at creating awareness about the Indian Army in Ahmedabad on Monday. PTI Photo (STORY BOM 7) (PTI10_17_2016_000080A)

“Many people were thinking what will happen to BJP’s plan to hold (Vijay Sankalp) rallies (in Goa) after demonetisation. But we don’t gather people for rallies by paying money,” Parrikar said at Siolim in Panaji. Ruling BJP is holding ‘Vijay Sankalp’ rallies in Goa ahead of next year’s Assembly polls.

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“Mayawati, Mamata, Mulayam might have been in grief but not BJP. Those who have looted crores of rupees through chit funds are feeling the heat of demonetisation,” Parrikar said, hitting out at former Uttar Pradesh chief ministers Mayawati and Mulayam Singh Yadav, and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

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“One Chief Minister was so much hurt by the demonetisation that she started accusing Army of taking over the state,” he said, without naming West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

Some members of Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress have faced cases in a chit fund scam case.

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“My sleep was disturbed (following her allegations). I enquired with Army, they told me that they have communicated with them (West Bengal government). They only recommended where they (Army) should be stationed. Only after that I slept in peace,” Parrikar said.

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