Slamming the Narendra Modi
government over sliding economic growth and increasing job losses, Arun Shourie, who was a union minister in the BJP-led government of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, has likened demonetisation
with suicide, saying the latter is too “a bold step”.
Former Disinvestment Minister Arun Shourie
told NDTV that note ban was the largest money-laundering scheme ever, conceived and implemented entirely by the government.
It was an idiotic jolt, he said.
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According to the RBI, almost 9 per cent of the banned currency has been returned to banks, which suggests that black or untaxed money was not destroyed by the giant move.
In November 2016, Shourie said, "I wonder how the move would help check black money which is lying in foreign shores. "The one who actually has black money, is he keeping it in India in rupees?...Those who have black money, they keep it outside. They buy companies, they buy estates. This dengue mosquito is flying in Switzerland and you are wielding the stick here?"
Shourie was referring to the glittering special midnight session of the Parliament that prime minister Narendra Modi
led on the eve of GST launch day.
At a glittering special midnight session of the Parliament, Prime Minister Narendra Modi
today led India to its biggest indirect tax reform - Goods and Services Tax (GST).
The midnight session of Parliament was reminiscent of India's independence on the midnight of August 14 and 15 in 1947 when first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru gave the historic speech on India's 'Tryst with Destiny'.
In November, when Shourie was asked to comment on Modi's bold move of banning currency notes, he said, "jumping in the well is also very radical, committing suicide is also radical".
Earlier, CPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechury had also attacked Modi government over demonetisation
saying corruption, black money and terrorism which he sought to end with the note ban, were flourishing post the economic move.
"Months after demonetisation, corruption, black money and terrorism - three claims Modi made of having ended - flourish at an even stronger pace," the Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader said on social networks.
In May, Shourie said that India's government consists of only three people — Modi, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and party chief Amit Shah, who have “frightened not just the allies but their own group”.
Shourie further said that “no corrective action” is taking place because even if these three take a wrong decision, they are also the “supreme court” who deliver the judgment on it.
Other economists like Nobel laureate Amartya Sen have slammed the government's note ban move.
Amartya Sen described demonetisation
as a "despotic action" which was taken in a hurry. He said it was an unguided "missile" fired "unilaterally" without adhering to democratic norms.