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DEMONETISATION

Samajwadi Party asks Modi to roll back currency ban

PTI11_10_2016_000182A Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav addresses a press conference in Lucknow as Party's UP chief Shivpal Singh Yadav looks on | PTI

Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Thursday assailed Modi government's decision to ban Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes saying the move had been creating huge problems for common men. 

Talking to presspersons in Lucknow, Mulayam said, “We (Samajwadi Party) too have been against blackmoney and fought against its use in the polls.”  But the way the government took this decision suddenly had put the common men in trouble, he added. 

He demanded that the government roll back its decision for the coming few days so that people could manage their affairs.

“People are not getting essential commodities; treatment in hospitals has become difficult; those who have fixed marriages of their children are finding it difficult to get it done,” he said. 

The former UP chief minister also made it clear that if the government did not revoke its decision, the SP would oppose it tooth and nail.

No alliance in UP polls

Answering a question, Mulayam sprang a surprise when he ruled out the possibility of any alliance in the coming assembly polls. He said, “Under no circumstances, the SP will go for an alliance. But the party is ready for a merger; whosoever wants to join us, should be ready for the merger.” 

He made it categorically clear that the SP would go it alone in the elections. The announcement is in sharp contrast from his earlier stance where he strongly advocated for an alliance. 

It may be recalled that the third front leaders were invited by the SP at its silver jubilee function held recently in Lucknow. It was speculated that the party extended invitation to them keeping in mind an impending poll alliance. Shivpal Yadav, the state head of the party, was especially sent by Mulayam to Delhi to invite these leaders. 

For the past couple of weeks, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav also has been advocating an alliance. He had even held talks with political strategist Prashant Kishore in this regard.

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