Nominated MP from BJP Roopa Ganguly, actor-turned-politician in her debut season, speaks with ANAND MISHRA on the move to demonetise high-value currency
What is the impact of demonetisation in rural areas?
I have moved in villages a lot and have come to this conclusion after talking to people that they feel they are standing in queue for the right cause.
Are they not facing hardships?
There are no second opinions about that, but why are they undergoing these hardships? Are they standing in queue to get kerosene oil or to clean up India? That is the moot question.
How are the poor people reacting to the decision?
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee talks of the poor being hit, but the poor do not have wads of Rs 1000 notes. It is the rich who are troubled.
Have you been able to convince people?
I went and offered water to people standing in queues. People in West Bengal are very happy. They are ready to suffer for this big change.
The film and television industry, it is said, has a lot of unaccounted-for money invested. How will the industry cope with this move?
There has been a habit of not carrying out clean transaction at every place. It had become a habit. So people will face some difficulty initially…the government and leaders of all parties in states should come forward…