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Indian PM Modi Promoting Centralisation, Will Expose BJP At State level: Uddhav Thackeary

July 24, 2017 | By

Mumbai: Shiv Sena chief  Uddhav Thackeray here on Sunday while firing a salvo on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated that the PM is on a “centralisation spree” as he criticised demonetisation and Goods and Services Tax (GST).

Uddhav Thackeray.

Uddhav Thackeray lead pro-hindutva group Shiv Sena who is in alliance with the BJP both at the Center and in Maharashtra government has be criticising its alliance partner’s reforms and time and again stated that reforms are a must, “but one should pause” to review their impact.

Going by government advertisements, one would get a feeling that everything was hunky-dory, but one should check the ground reality, reads a quote from the interview given by him to his party’s mouthpiece ‘Samana’.

“Should we centralise or decentralise? Rajiv Gandhi had introduced autonomy through the Panchayati Raj when he was the prime minister. Narendra Modi has taken away the autonomy and is on a centralisation spree,” he adds.

Furthermore, he said that if governance depends “only on the will of whoever is the prime minister”, then does India really have a democracy?

“I read somewhere that 15 lakh people lost their jobs in the four months after demonetisation. It means 60 lakh families were affected. It happened only due to the notes ban (demonetisation). What happened to those who lost their jobs is the government’s responsibility,” he further added to his interview.

While trying to maintain a strong rhetoric he  claimed that he would not shy away from “exposing” the BJP-led Maharashtra government, if it failed to implement the loan waiver scheme in the state properly.

Claiming that the Sena was the first to raise the issue of farm loan waiver when Sharad Pawar was the Union agriculture minister, Uddhav Thackeray said, “Maharashtra was at the top in farmer suicides and unfortunately, it is still there, notes NDTV.

This was not an area where we should have been at the top.” He said he had asked Sena workers to beat drums outside banks (as part of an agitation) and make them display the list of beneficiaries of farm loan waiver, media reports said.

“If this is not chaos, then what is?” He claimed that no bank had so far received clear instructions about how to grant waiver, he further added.

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