TARGETING PRIME Minister Narendra Modi and the Centre over demonetisation, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday said while those who have huge amount of cash in their accounts are getting “services” from bank managers at their doorstep, only the poor are standing in queues outside banks.
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State Minister Azam Khan, on the other hand, alleged that the Centre had decided to ban Rs 1000 and Rs 500 notes to affect SP’s election campaign and prevent it from returning to power in UP next year.
Akhilesh and Azam were speaking at an event where they distributed e-rickshaws and allotment letters of houses to the beneficiaries of Aasra Yojana.
“After demonetisation, Centre had claimed that only the rich and corrupt who have black money, would be affected. But none of the rich are seen in queues outside banks. Woh isliye line mein nahi lage kyunki… patrakar saathi jaante hain… jinka account bada hota hai… unhe bank nahin jana padta hai… bank manager ke log ghar jakar hisab-kitab kar dete hain. Gareeb log khade hain laine mein (They are not in the queue because… the journalist friends know… whoever has huge amount of cash in their accounts, they don’t have to go to banks… representatives of bank managers go to their homes and help with the accounts… Only the poor wait in queues),” said Akhilesh.
He alleged that the Centre has done a “surgical strike of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes” following the surgical strike along the LoC in the recent past.
“As elections are approaching, one can never guess if the Centre will do another surgical strike,” Akhilesh said, while
appealing to the people to not be misled by the issues that the BJP would raise in the coming days.
Akhilesh said he was waiting eagerly for the elections. “Not much time is left and every one is counting the days. I am most eagerly waiting for the elections,” CM claimed.
On Aasra Yojana, under which, poor are allotted houses, Akhilesh said if SP forms the government again in 2017, the scheme will continue. “The size of house will become bigger with two rooms in each unit,” he added.
Azam, while targeting the PM, said: “UP mein Samajwadi Party ki sarkar na baney iske liye poore desh ke haath mein katora de diya (To ensure that SP doesn’t come back to power in UP, the whole country is being made to beg).”
The decision was aimed to ensure that SP has no money to contest elections, he alleged. Azam claimed that several people have died after they failed to get their daughters married following demonetisation.
“Badshah (PM) should seek apology from the entire nation because no person having black money are in queue outside banks. Badshah calls himself a fakir but that he has worn dresses worth Rs 80 core in two years…,” he added.