VIJAYAWADA: Jana Sena chief and actor Pawan Kalyan, who had hitherto targeted the BJP, tore into RBI Governor Urjit Patel in a series of tweets on Tuesday for demonetisation. Interestingly, BJP leaders, who had been wary of reacting to Pawan’s barbs, this time, hit back rather hard, advising him to first get his basics right before jumping the gun.
Calling Urjit Patel the man, who opened the Pandora’s Box called demonetisation, Pawan posted a photograph of one Balaraju from Kurnool, who had died while waiting in a bank queue, and said he was just one of countless victims who lost their lives because of the “well thought” demonetisation. “In a country like ours, where manual scavenging is still in existence - even after 69 years of independent India, the governments could do nothing to alleviate manual scavengers’ suffering and to bring their human dignity back. And now, in a country like this, you want us to believe that cashless economy will work?” he questioned.
Pawan pointed out that demonetisation has disrupted the lives of crores of fellow Indians. Rather sarcastically, the actor said Urjit Patel must be “jumping with joy” after getting most of the 86 per cent cash deposited in banks. “And now you may proudly claim that ‘black money’ has been wiped out. But the truth is you have replaced the old ways with new ways, where the new kids on the block, who have joined the existing group of plunderers, is a percentage of the banking staff,” he said.
When the gap between what you know and what you think you know becomes dangerously wide... disasters of this magnitude will be created,” Pawan said, quoting from the book of scholar Nassim Nicholas Taleb.
The actor finished with a caustic comment - “At the cost of countless lives lost and helpless millions... you and your bosses, kindly sleep tight.” He indicated that his daily attacks against the Centre would continue when he said he was not able to conclude his thoughts on Tuesday.