Demonetisation: Kejriwal, Mamata knock at RBI’s door, seek info on currency

TMC MP Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, who along with some other TMC MPs accompanied Banerjee, said officials of RBI failed to come up with satisfying answer when asked about availability of currency for distribution.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:November 17, 2016 5:26 pm
arvind kejriwal, mamata banerjee, demonetisation, 500 note ban, 1000 note ban, curreny ban, modi, narendra modi, indian express, india news, latest news Taking their fight against demonetisation to the street, Delhi and West Bengal Chief Ministers Arvind Kejriwal and Mamata Banerjee on Thursday held a demonstration outside Reserve Bank of India in New Delhi.

Taking their fight against demonetisation to the street, Delhi and West Bengal Chief Ministers Arvind Kejriwal and Mamata Banerjee on Thursday held a demonstration outside Reserve Bank of India in New Delhi, wanting to know availability of currency. Both the Chief Ministers drove straight to RBI office in Parliament Street from a rally in Azadpur wholesale market in East Delhi where they made a blistering attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi over demonetisation.

“How much currency needed? How much printed? What is capacity? How many more days will it take? Myself ann Mamtadi at RBI to get this info,” Kejriwal tweeted. Banerjee said they came to RBI to know whether the Central bank has enough currency or not. “Our main apprehension is shortage of currency. We are here to check whether there is enough cash to disburse among the people.”

TMC MP Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, who along with some other TMC MPs accompanied Banerjee, said officials of RBI failed to come up with satisfying answer when asked about availability of currency for distribution. “They gave us last year’s report on the availability of notes. Ultimately the two leaders had to go without getting any satisfying response,” she said.

Few RBI officials spoke to Kejriwal and Banerjee when they were camping outside the bank. Security personnel struggled to maintain order as a huge crowd gathered with some raising pro-Modi slogans while some others cheered for Kejriwal.

One Rachna Wadhwan who was waiting to take out money from RBI complained to Banerjee and Kejriwal that she has been standing since morning to take money to buy medicine but the line has barely moved. “I am a patient of blood pressure. I have been standing since morning. I told them about my plight,” she told reporters later.

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    Aditya Gupta
    Nov 17, 2016 at 1:11 pm
    Kejriwal is trapped. "Imandaari"
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      Gopalan Nair
      Nov 17, 2016 at 1:15 pm
      Politicians are the main horders of black money. Money they collected from contractors, business people and industrialists. Naturally they will be a worried lot, when the 1000 and 500 Rs. notes are cancelled. They cannot be blamed for all the noise they make, since crores horded by them is at stake. Misery etc of common people is their excuse. What a nice lot of politicians we have?
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        Herry
        Nov 17, 2016 at 1:05 pm
        Dirty Politics
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          M. Mukherjee
          Nov 17, 2016 at 2:07 pm
          What's your opinion on the allegation in Delhi Vidhan Sabha- Aditya Birla gave 25 crores to Mr. Modi (Feku). It is not only political allegation but it was the Auditor's Report.too.
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            Partha
            Nov 17, 2016 at 1:03 pm
            Why do we give importance to these s. Cant news channel avoid them and publish some valid news
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              Uday mohite
              Nov 17, 2016 at 1:10 pm
              Desperate kejriwal must b worried what to do with funds collected against ticket distribution सब 1000/500 के लिये होंगे ;)
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