Telegu Desam Party MP from Chittoor, Naramalli Shivprasad was reported to have joined the opposition’s protest against the demonetisation scheme by the Modi government at the Centre. Shivprasad spoke to IE and said that he was an artist and could not be silent while the people suffered. When asked about his shirt, that was half black and half white and depicted poor people crying while the black half showed rich people laughing, he said that the demonetisation move by the Prime Minister might have been meant to hurt the rich but it ended up hurting the poor more. He said that while the poor were suffering, the rich were hardly bothered about the note ban. He further informed that he had designed his own shirt to depict the same.
Shivprasad was of the opinion that the women had gold in their possession while the senior citizens had cash so that they did not have to depend on their children. He said that all of the had been disrupted while the rich man’s life remains unaffected in all this. Hence, the poor was suffering, he added. When asked about how N Chandrababu Naidu, TDP chief was in complete support of demonetisation and headed the government’s subcommittee for chief ministers to enable a cashless economy in India, Shivprasad said that it might be Narendra Modi’s way of letting Naidu take some of the flak from the suffering people.
He further informed that Chandrababu Naidu and he were classmates in school for years and they maintained a very special relationship. Shivprasad said that he did not need yo take permission from the party to join the opposition’s protest. He said that he was an artist and hence was entitled to his artistic freedom. He informed IE that he had taken on various ‘avatars’ during the protests against the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh and the special status of the state.