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Nitish reiterates support for demonetisation

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Patna: While several of the opposition parties like the TMC, Congress and AAP have been extremely critical of the demonetisation, JDU head and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar again came out in support of the move.

A few days ago during a public meeting in Madhubani, Bihar, Nitish said, “I am in total favour of the ban”.

He also restated the need to put an end to currency in the market and added that the central government should next go after “benaami property” holders as quickly as possible.

The central government had earlier declared its intention of taking action against benami property, too.

Adding a philosophical recrimination, Nitish continued, “Nobody can carry away anything he hoards after death, yet people try to make money for the next seven generations. There is no pocket in the shroud for money, yet people take bribe. I don’t know why they do it and how much money they want.”

Earlier, again on 9 November, the day after the Prime Minister’s announcement, Nitish Kumar had stated his support for this radical note ban. He said, “In the beginning, people might face some inconvenience but taking everything into account, it would yield positive results.”

Three years ago, Nitish had left the over Narendra Modi’s elevation as the Prime Ministerial candidate. But now, going against his allies — the Congress and Lalu Prasad’s Rashtriya Janata Dal — on the issue of demonetisation and supporting Modi, Nitish is fuelling a speculation among political observers regarding the future of the alliance that runs the Bihar government.

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