Amarinder meets ‘harried’ people, bankers at Bathinda bank
Punjab Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh interacted with the people, struggling to get cash after the Modi government’s demonetisation move, outside a local branch of the State Bank of Patiala on way to the Abohar rally ground on Sunday.punjab Updated: Nov 14, 2016 16:00 IST
Punjab Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh interacted with the people, struggling to get cash after the Modi government’s demonetisation move, outside a local branch of the State Bank of Patiala on way to the Abohar rally ground on Sunday.
Amarinder said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had taken away the joy of Gurpurab as the harried people had no money to spend on the celebrations on Monday.
“A man told me that he has been standing in the queue for the third consecutive day, but every day, the bank staff told him that they don’t have even Rs 4,000 for exchange,” Amarinder said. He added that many of them had returned empty-handed on Saturday and had lined up again on Sunday, even before 7 am to get cash to meet their daily needs.
Amarinder also met the bank officials, who, he claimed, informed him that they did not have enough money to give to everybody, and hence needed to close down the shutters after a few hours.
“The way the Modi government has executed its demonetisation decision was despotic and tyrannical in the extreme, and had put the common people of the entire country to unprecedented hardship,” he said, adding that it was only the poor and the innocent, who were suffering while the corrupt are again going scot-free.
On reports of some Gujarat newspapers having published stories on the proposed demonetisation several weeks ahead of Modi’s announcement, Amarinder said the big fish, including families and friends of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders, had evidently known about the move well in advance and had sufficient time to find ways to put their black money aside.
“It is only people like these, who are waiting endlessly to get their own money out of the banks, who are at the receiving end of Modi’s draconian decision,” said Amarinder.
The PPCC chief said that for the farmers of Punjab, in particular, Modi’s axe had fallen at a time when they were still struggling to get their payments from the mandis after delayed procurement of their paddy.