11/03/2017 12:36 PM IST | Updated 11/03/2017 1:08 PM IST

Opposing Demonetisation Is Opposing Modi, Says BJP's UP Chief After Victory In UP

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Keshav Prasad Maurya, the Uttar Pradesh state's president for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), gestures as he addresses an election campaign rally in Bah, in the central state of Uttar Pradesh, India, February 2, 2017.

A jubilant Keshav Prasad Maurya, the BJP's Uttar Pradesh unit chief, said on Saturday the party's thumping victory proved that majority of voters have embraced Narendra Modi's move to demonetise higher currency notes in November, and any criticism of note ban is an opposition of the prime minister.

"Opposing demonetisation is opposing Modi," Maurya told reporters. "The poor will not tolerate any criticism of Modiji," he said.

Maurya was at the forefront of the Ram Temple movement in Uttar Pradesh during BJP's campaigning.

"The Ram Temple cannot be constructed in two months, but it will certainly be built after the state assembly polls," he had said.

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