NEW DELHI: Taking everyone by surprise, Indian National Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi joined a long queue in front of the SBI’s parliament House branch to exchange his own demonetized notes with the newer ones. Mr.Gandhi reached the bank at around 04.25 PM in the evening and waited in the queue for 40 minutes before addressing the media.
“Even I have some demonetized notes and I am here to exchange them. I have come here to see the problems of the poor people. There are no crorepatis here. All these poor people are suffering just for the sake of 15-20 people. The government should work for the poor, not for the rich”, Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi said.
“You sit in there in the air-conditioned rooms and take a decision. But, the impact is on the poor. I challenge the government’s ministers to exchange their notes standing here for once and then talk about the inconvenience people are facing. I still don’t understand how replacing Rs 1000 notes with Rs 2000 can stop the black money?. Will this impact at least a bit to those who stacked black money in the Swiss Bank?. The government should answer this. This is just a gimmick from the government to create hype before the Uttar Pradesh polls and side-away from the criticism of not bringing back Black money. Mr.Prime Minister we asked you to bring back Black money from foreign countries, instead you are searching for it in the houses of poor people”, Mr.Gandhi added.
The Congress leader has been criticizing the government ever since the Prime Minister made the announcement on demonetization. Mr.Gandhi has repeatedly targeted the Union government for allegedly diverting the topic of Black money in foreign countries with demonetization of notes.
On the other hand, the Delhites were not able to exchange their notes despite being in queue for more than 4 hours, due to unexpected rush at the banks. Many of the households complained of not being in a state to pay for daily essentials as they ran out of small denomination notes.
In order to control the anxious crowd and provide better security, 3500 police personnel and 200 quick reaction teams along with Delhi police are monitoring security at banks and ATMs in the national capital. The situation may continue to be the same for more than the expected 2-3 weeks if the government fails to increase the transaction limit per day.