Steering away from protest rallies, the AAP Monday morning brought together traders and farmers for a public dialogue at Central Park in Connaught Place.
Delhi unit convenor Dilip Pandey asked traders to share their experiences on the impact demonetisation. An anthem based on the song, Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai, with lyrics tweaked around demonetisation and a video showing queues outside banks, played in the background.
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Cabinet ministers Kapil Mishra and Satyendar Jain told the gathering about the difficulties the Delhi government is facing due to the move. “Delhi Jal Board and tourism are worst hit. Contractors are unable to pay labourers. In the next 10 days, all work on sewers will come to a standstill… Foreign tourists say they will never come back to this country,” said Mishra.
AAP national convenor Arvind Kejriwal said, “We want to know, when will the common man be able to withdraw his own money at his own will? When will the restrictions end? Will it be from January 1? I really doubt it.”
“The PM had said there were four aims of this move — to check corruption, black money, fake currency and terrorism. None of this has happened… all of this has gone up… The interest rate on fixed deposits has gone down and is set to drastically affect the middle class and senior citizens,” he claimed.