BJP to rope in NGOs to explain reason for demonetisation to people

With the Opposition joining hands against the government on the rollout of demonetisation, the BJP has gone in top gear to counter “disinformation” campaign.

Published: 17th November 2016 03:33 PM  |   Last Updated: 17th November 2016 03:33 PM   |  A+A-

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By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: With the Opposition joining hands against the government on the rollout of demonetisation, the BJP has gone in top gear to counter “disinformation” campaign by the political rivals. The BJP has asked its MPs and MLAs to rope in NGOs to explain the reasons for the demonetisation to the people.

The move comes on the backdrop of the opposition parties led by the Congress launching attacks on the government on the manner in which the decision on demonetisation is being implemented. “The BJP
has asked the MPs and MLAs to sensitise people about reasons behind the government decision. The Opposition is seeking to spread misinformation by twisting facts. The party MPs will counter the propaganda of the Opposition in their respective constituencies,” said a senior BJP functionary.

The BJP is apparently wary of the growing unease among people due to inconveniences caused following the announcement of the demonetisation by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. With five states heading to Assembly elections early next year, the BJP appears to be sensing that if the unease of the people is prolonged the party could face backlash. “People have been inconvenienced and the decision on demonetisation has come at a time when the party has already flagged four Parivaratan Yatra in Uttar Pradesh and one in Uttarakhand. We have the difficult task on hand to convince the people
to be patient for just one month,” added the BJP functionary.

The BJP and Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) have already asked their workers to set up “Kar Sewa (voluntary service)” camps in their respective areas to help out the people who have been inconvenienced.

“The Kar Sewa will reach out to the farmers who have to procure seeds and fertilizers for the sowing of the Rabi crops. The workers will also help the people in cities in all manner which may ease out the inconveniences in any manner, besides sharing details of the decision and the benefits which will come their ways in the long term,” said the BJP functionary. 

The BJP strategists have also asked its MPs, MLAs, and workers to dispel rumours doing rounds following the demonetisation decision. Even the Central government has launched campaigns in social media to counter rumours. The government refuted the rumours that notes of Rs 50 and Rs 100 will also be discontinued on the lines of Rs 500 and Rs 1000.

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