The political debate in Kerala over demonetization was fiery since the day one. But it has gone personal and nasty now with the CPM and BJP leaders training guns at each other. 

 

Even though the CPM central leadership had not questioned the demonetization in principle in the beginning, Kerala Finance Minister Thomas Isaac did not mince words and called it a 'mad decision.' 

Currency ban a mad decision: Thomas Isaac, CPM

Kerala is hub of fake currency, black money: Ram Madhav, BJP.

 

In a sarcastic reply, BJP national secretary Ram Madhav, said that Isaac's comment did not surprise him. Kerala was the hub of black money and fake currency, he said suggesting that Isaac was trying to protect the fake currency mafia.

 

The statement war did not end there. 

 

After the Central government denied permission to primary cooperatives to accept investments in old currencies of Rs.500 and Rs.1,000, the CPM and Kerala Ministers strongly protested alleging that the Centre was trying to destroy the cooperative sector in the state. The Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and his cabinet colleagues also held a day-long protest in front of the regional office of RBI on Friday. 

 

The BJP state president Kummanam Rajashekharan alleged that black money lobby sponsored the stir.  "Where did the two containers of fake currency that reached in Kochi port during the previous Left regime in Kerala go," he poked the CPM. 

 

"Let the 'surgical strike experts' investigate and find out the counterfeit notes," retorted Isaac.  "The CPM is not afraid of any probe," he added.

 Where did the two containers of fake currency that reached in Kochi port during the previous Left regime in Kerala go: Kummanam Rajashekharan

Let the 'surgical strike experts' investigate and find out the counterfeit notes: Thomas Isaac

 

Rising to the occasion, Pinarayi Vijayan played it to the gallery on Friday during a public address: "Rajashekharaa..., We know your motives very well, bring it on."  Predictably, the crowd erupted, echoing the anger against the BJP leader.

 

"Shaken by the crackdown on black money, the chieftain is now craving for my blood," the BJP state president replied. "But the movement (against black money) will continue, irrespective of the threats," he wrote on his Facebook wall on Saturday. 

Rajashekharaa..., We know your motives very well, bring it on: Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan. 

Shaken by the crackdown on black money, the chieftain is now craving for my blood: Kummanam Rajashekharan