Amid mad rush for cash and criticism by opposition parties, state BJP chief Ashok Parnami, along with party leaders and workers, visited some banks, ATMs and hospitals on Sunday to take stock of the situation.
Welcoming the move to ban Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes, Parnami told HT, “Public is happy with the decision taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Some even told me that just one percent is troubled, the rest, however, are in favour of the decision.”
“Our Prime Minister has asked the youth to come forward and facilitate people in trouble. His bold decision was by and large appreciated by people across the country. He promised to fight against corruption, black money and terrorism,” he said.
Citing an incident he witnessed, the BJP president said a group of 8-10 women even raised their hand in support of the decision and said: ‘now no one is crorepati, sab hum jaise hain.’
People even came up with suggestions for better management, such as separate queues for senior citizens, he said. “The state party organization has issued directions to all district presidents to assist and facilitate common people standing in queues to deposit and exchange money. They party workers will create teams and help people by offering water, mediating between bank employees and officials in cases of any difficulties.”
Meanwhile, state Congress president Sachin Pilot and former chief minister Ashok Gehlot criticized the government for mismanagement and inconvenience.
In a series of tweets, Gehlot attacked the NDA government over the move to demonetize 500- and 1000-rupee notes
“The ill-planned move to demonetize notes by the NDA government and unpreparedness of states has brought the whole country to a standstill,” Gehlot tweeted. “How long would the ppl b left to suffer like this? Without money, without enough cash at banks n post offices, erring ATMs n closed markets?. Lakhs of daily wagers, labourers, and people from unorganized sectors, who keep only cash, are suffering. #noteban #DeMonetisation. (sic),” the CM said in another tweet.