Janata Dal United leader and Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar may be openly supporting the demonetisation move initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, but several JD(U) supporters and locals in Bengaluru staged protests against it by performing the last rites of an ATM machine near the Mysore Bank Circle.
Kumar Jahagirdar, a social activist, told ANI that, “After one month, there is no point in keeping a dead ATM machine and waiting for it. We removed the artificial respiration and it is dead now. So, we have done its ‘antim sanskar’ (last rites) in the presence of the public as per tradition. Let the ATM’s soul rest in peace.”
He said that the Prasad (sweets) will be sent to PM Modi and finance minister Arun Jaitley.
“After one month, there is no point in keeping a dead ATM machine and waiting for it. We removed the artificial respiration and it is dead now.”
“So they know the problems we are facing. We don’t have money with us. We are not able to take our own money. None of the ATMs are working. They say no cash flow, no cash.. Sorry, cooperate with us. When we don’t have money to spend for our basic needs..why should we cooperate? This is not fair, this is against human rights and we are fighting for this.” he added.
Syed Mehboob, president of the local JD(U) unit, said, “We support demonetisation, but what about the problems being faced by the common man, farmers etc. When will it get solved? You will find 90 percent of ATMs closed. Somewhere, there is no cash, somewhere the ATMs are not working. Everyday people stand in queues for money. It is going on for 30 days.”
He said Prime Minister Modi and his government should do something to improve the situation.
“The decision of demonetisation is good, but why should the common people suffer. It is our proposal from JD (U) Karnataka.” he added.