State Congress has said that the directions of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to use indelible ink mark, similar to elections, at cash counters for exchange of old currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 denominations, would create difficulties for voters in panchayat polls on November 27 in the state.
State Congress spokesperson Manish Doshi said elections were scheduled to be held for seven district panchayats, 16 taluka panchayats and 13 nagar palikas on November 27. “It has led to the voters of these particular segments in a dilemma as what to do with regard to exchange of their old currency notes at bank counters. If indelible mark is put on their fingers at exchange counters like the one being done during elections, they may lose their chances of casting their votes in local bodies elections on November 27. This is a very serious issue,” said Doshi.
He said that RBI and the government should come out with some solution so that those having indelible mark on their fingers for exchange of currency notes were not denied their right to caste vote.