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While Prime Minister Narendra Modi has appealed to the nation to bear the ‘pain’ of demonetisation for only 50 days, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav Wednesday said that it might take six months or over a year for the exchange of old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes across the state.
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Addressing a gathering after dedicating the Gomti river front project to public, Akhilesh said: “I asked officials how much time it will take to exchange currency notes in the whole of UP. If currency is exchanged in this manner, it could not be done in 50 days. It may take six months or probably over a year.”
The CM said that while SP has always taken decisions aimed at addressing problems of the common man, the BJP led-central government has only created troubles for people. He added that people were still queuing up outside the banks and he has now heard that they would be marked on fingers as is done in elections.
Without naming the BJP, Akhilesh said those changing “issues” again and again might come up with a new issue before the election. He further said they were not speaking on the agenda of development.
Targeting the BSP, he said anyone who visits Gomti riverfront once will never vote for the party which had put up statues of elephants during its regime.
Dedicating the riverfront to people, he claimed that it was largest riverfront in the country and added it was eco-friendly and equipped with various facilities.
The CM said that when the project started, Deepak Singhal was principal secretary of irrigation department, while Alok Ranjan was chief secretary. He, however, did not mention his uncle and SP state president Shivpal Singh Yadav, who was minister of irrigation when the project took off. Shivpal did not attend the event on Wednesday.
Principal Secretary, irrigation department, Suresh Chandra, said that a five-metre level will be maintained in the Gomti river and there would be facilities for movement of water bus and motor boats. He said a musical fountain procured from France is also being set up.