1. Are opposition parties lying? Nitish Kumar’s support to Narendra Modi over demonetisation proves so

Are opposition parties lying? Nitish Kumar’s support to Narendra Modi over demonetisation proves so

The entire opposition leaders, except Nitish Kumar, have tried to corner the Narendra Modi government over the troubles "imposed" on common people by demonetisation

By: | Updated: November 18, 2016 1:43 PM
 narendra modi, nitish kumar, bill gates, cash at petrol pumps, withdraw money from petrol pumps, nitish kumar narendra modi, why nitish kumar supports demonetisation, winter session, sharad yadav, arvind kejriwal, demonetisation news, cash ban, note ban, demonetisation effect, note ban effect, arun shourie, india news, noteban news, cash ban news, latest news, financial express Commenting on demonetistion, Nitish Kumar had said on November 9: “In the beginning, people might face some inconvenience but taking everything into account, it would yield positive results.” (PTI file photo)

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar lost some of his staunchest supporters the day he decided to form a grand alliance with Lalu Prasad Yadav’s Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Congress in Bihar. Despite that, there was never any question on his personal integrity as the leader of Bihar. Unlike Lalu, Nitish was not accused of corruption or any wrongdoing. He further enhanced his image by banning sale and consumption of liquor in the state.

The move was opposed by many sections of the society, some liquor addicts also lost their lives due to sudden imposition of prohibition. The initial noise over prohibition subsided soon and even today, millions of poor Biharis are grateful to Kumar for the decision.

Prohibition in Bihar was a radical move. The ban on old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 8 was also a radical move with far reaching positive consequences for India as a country. While data on the positive effects of demonetisation are yet to arrive, there have been some visible inconvenience to common citizens, especially the poor, of the country.

The entire opposition leaders, except Kumar, have tried to corner the Modi government over the troubles “imposed” on common people by the allegedly “anarchic” move. On its part, the Government has acknowledged and regretted the inconvenience caused to people. The government has also taken several proactive measures to ease out cash troubles of people.

But the opposition leaders like Rahul Gandhi, Mamata Banerjee, Arvind Kejriwal, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Sitaram Yechury are apparently not in a mood to give the Centre any breathing space over the issue. The ruckus in the Parliament today was just an example.

With just 10 days since the announcement, it is like asking too much from the government to ease out the cash crunch across the country so soon. Appreciably on this issue, the government and the administrative machinery are visibly working on the ground and reports say that situation has started easing out at many locations. This is not to say that common and honest people have not suffered because of the decision.

Interestingly, Nitish Kumar has emerged as an unlikely ally to Modi under these circumstances. He has supported the demonetisation move on several occasions.

While other opposition leaders are unitedly demanding a rollback of the demonetisation scheme, Kumar’s support to Modi government’s decision does bust some of the myths being circulated by the opposition leaders. They claim that the very idea of demonetisation is bad, ill-conceived and not in the interest of the country.

Commenting on demonetistion, Kumar had said on November 9: “In the beginning, people might face some inconvenience but taking everything into account, it would yield positive results.”

The Bihar CM reiterated his stand on Wednesday during a function in Madhubani district of the state. “I am in favour of the decision to demonetise Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes, which will help end ‘do number ka dhanda'”.

Kumar said this even as the leadership of Kumar’s party, JD(U), in Delhi have joined hands with the rest of the opposition to protest against the Modi government decision.

Reports have claimed that the reason behind Nitish’s support to Modi’s move is the growing bonhomie between the two leaders, especially after Kumar’s apparently strained relationship with Lalu Yadav in Bihar. That it is just realpolitik.

However, if you follow the Bihar CM, you would know that Kumar is not the kind of politician who would jump on any issue just for the sake of showing his opposition. Unlike other politicians like Rahul and Kejriwal, Kumar had supported Centre on GST Bill, Surgical Strikes by Indian Army, Uri attack by Pakistani terrorists.

Nitish Kumar understands his politics and he knows what would further enhance his image as the “Vikash Purush” and what is good for people of Bihar. His support to Modi, hence, cannot be dismissed just as “realpolitik”. It is certainly more than that. India can do better if the country gets more opposition leaders like Kumar.

(With agency inputs)

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  1. A
    Nov 18, 2016 at 10:30 am
    Only those with huge amount of black money are trying to put pressure on government through various sources like their affiliate media shops and political parties. Everybody who is little bit interested in daily happening of the world knows what kind of money is involved in media houses and political parties. There are creating ruckus in hope that in pressure government will take any wrong decision that can create some sort of loop and they or their masters can park their money through this loop.
    1. G
      Nov 18, 2016 at 11:38 am
      empty vessels make more noise is the saying ..however in this case fully filled vessels of Cong, TMC and AAP are making noises..their vessels are filled with 500 and 1000 rupee notes
      1. R
        Rameswar Pattanayak
        Nov 18, 2016 at 10:08 am
        The entire opposition sans Navin Patnaik and Nitish Kumar are trying to help the people who maintain multiple ideny and wish to win through impersonation and black money. Of course Govt. is guilty of not placing POS terminals at every shop/commercial establishment to accept card payment even now. This should get priority over increasing cash supply.
        1. P
          Nov 21, 2016 at 6:04 pm
          to day is 13 th day of demonetisation....as per hindu rituals it seems that it is TERMA......of rahul hi,mamta benerji,arvind kejriwal,gulamnabi azad,sitaram yenchury,mayawati,akhilesh yadav,tiwari, sindhiya n so more....they wants to be a mansiha by takind advantage by making a comman man full.......let me first thanks to all bank employees as they have worked round the clock...on war base...i consider them as the para military force on this occation..........within 13 days the quee for depositing n withdrawals is almost half...the marrage season people enjoing as usaal.....small currancy n exchange of 2000 rupee notes is some what smooth......no doubt in very small village it is not satisfactory....but will clear by this week.....means next monday every badde found 100% normal.......i congretulate modiji p.m. n his govt....for his g sucess...jai hind
          1. M
            Nov 18, 2016 at 2:31 pm
            good one .After so many days i am finding this type article.
            1. R
              Ravi kumar
              Nov 18, 2016 at 8:42 am
              Appreciate Nitishs comments. At least he has shown worthy to be a constructive opposition.
              1. S
                Nov 18, 2016 at 8:52 am
                Only Aravind Kejriwal, having huge black money under his bums, is using his very very big mouth on demonetization. He has no work anyway.Mamata will be in big trouble if all her black money from the Bangladeshis go waste.We do not see any other CMs of any state standing like jokers.Everybody is gearing up to this demonetization because once implemented, it will be the best and desirable economic recovery of India.
                1. G
                  Nov 18, 2016 at 9:59 am
                  Those making the most noise are sttimg on piles of black money to finance their election campaigns and are feeling hard done by. Nothing else!
                  1. S
                    Nov 18, 2016 at 9:06 am
                    It is not just Nitish Kumar. BJD in Orissa also supports it.
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