As long queues swarmed in banks and the ATM machines across the country, Congress party vice president Rahul Gandhi too joined the ‘common man’ to be one among them. Flanked with his SPG men and his aides, including Lok Sabha Susmita Deb, Rahul Gandhi visited State Bank of India’s Parliament Street branch in New Delhi.
Gandhi stood in a queue inside the bank branch to exchange Rs 4000 with the newly issued currency.
Attacking the government’s demonetisation policy, he said only common man is suffering because of the government’s move.
“I have come to exchange Rs. 4,000. My people are suffering, I have come to stand with them,” Rahul Gandhi said.
Criticising Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he said “do you see any suited-booted people here? You will see only common man standing in long queues. The government should be for these people, and not for some select 10-15 people who are neither here nor feeling the heat”.
The Central government on Tuesday announced the decision of demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes to weed out the black money. With the banks now exchanging the old currency notes, last two days has seen a very heavy rush at the counters.
Even ATMs, which became functional this morning, witnessed long queues.
Even though Rahul Gandhi and Congress party has supported government in its fight against the Black Money, they have raised the issue of convenience caused to the public at large.
The Congress vice president had earlier charged that the demonetisation move has hit the farmers, house wives and poor people the most.
Targeting the government even further, he said “real culprits” who have stashed black money are “sitting tight” while lives of farmers, small shopkeepers and housewives “have been thrown in utter chaos.”
The government has, however, rejected his claims and even those raised by the Congress party as “highly exaggerated”.