Punjab Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh on Friday stopped by at the State Bank of India (SBI) Dera Bassi branch and interacted with people who are facing problems because of demonetisation. He was en route to Chandigarh from Delhi. Addressing the mediapersons on the spot, Amarinder said: “People of Punjab were facing unprecedented financial crisis, but the state government led by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal was completely unconcerned about their plight since they had control of various institutions and businesses to transform their own black money into white.”
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Amarinder said the situation was turning from bad to worse with people suffering for non-availability of cash. “The Badals are naturally not worried since they own several hotels and transport business to help them get through the demonetisation-triggered crisis,” he said.
He alleged that the Badals would simply pass off their black money as ‘chadawa’ (offerings) at the gurdwaras through the SGPC, which is also under the Akali control. PCC general secretary Deepinder Dhillon, who has set up relief desks at various banks, said people with wedding cards were not being provided cash of Rs 2.5 lakh even after the government’s direction.
Dhillon said: “Many people standing here have been going back empty-handed for the past several days since the bank runs out of cash within a few hours of opening.” The Congress has been providing water and tea to those waiting in queues, added Dhillon.