At Kejriwal-Mamata Azadpur mandi rally, some say they are ‘not affected’ by demonetisation

Shankar was backed by his fellow labourers who engaged in heated discussions on how the issue was being 'politicized'.

Written by Sweta Dutta | New Delhi | Updated: November 18, 2016 11:32 am
Arvind Kejriwal and Mamata Banerjee at the rally in Delhi Arvind Kejriwal and Mamata Banerjee at the rally in Delhi

Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal might have hit the right ‘notes’ in his speech at the rally against demonetisation at Azadpur Mandi Thursday but a section of the audience remained ‘unconvinced.’ Scores of daily wage labourers, who drafted in at the rear end after Kejriwal and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee arrived, listened with rapt attention but when the leaders dispersed, they insisted they were ‘hardly affected’ by demonetisation.

“Yeh sab bakwas hai. Humein toh paisa mil raha hai. Jo bhi Modi ne kiya theek kiya. Hamare paas toh pehle se hi paisa nahi tha aur jitna tha woh badli kara liya. Achha hua ki jinke paas kaala dhan tha usey dikkat ho rahi hai (All this is rubbish. We are getting our wages. Whatever Modi did was absolutely right. We did not have any money to begin with and whatever we had we got the old currency notes exchanged. Those who had money are in trouble),” Daya Shankar, who works as a daily wager loading and unloading goods at the wholesale fruit and vegetable market said gleefully.

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Shankar was backed by his fellow labourers who engaged in heated discussions on how the issue was being ‘politicized’. They insisted it was their ‘moment of triumph’ against the haves.

Some of them even pulled out crisp new hundred-rupee notes out of their shirt-pockets as proof that they still ‘comfortably’ earned their Rs 600 a day. Wholesale fruit vendors too maintained their sales had recorded a ‘slight’ slump on the first couple of days after the demonetisation announcement but business had bounced back over the past week. AAP volunteers, however, dismissed them as ‘BJP workers’ sent to ‘disrupt’ the rally.

Kejriwal and Banerjee’s scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi might have fallen on some deaf ears but the examples cited by both, be it of an ailing son unable to get treatment or of a daughter’s wedding being called off due to cash crunch stirred the audience, nonetheless.

Particularly when Kejriwal took potshots at Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and asked if he too had spent just Rs. 2.5 lakh on his daughter’s wedding, he received a rapturous applause from the crowd. Banerjee too moved the crowd with her impassioned speech, apologizing intermittently for her ‘poor Hindi’, but struck a chord when she wrapped up her speech saying, “No one is happy with you, PM Modi. Today if people were allowed a confidential vote, no one in BJP or even his family would vote for him.”

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First Published on: November 18, 2016 10:35 am
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    anonymous
    Nov 18, 2016 at 8:28 am
    Forget. These two are jobless corrupt leaders. Media should not pay attention to these people and do something as part of social responsibility.
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      Chetan
      Nov 18, 2016 at 6:07 am
      Kejri and Mamta can only think of votes thats why they are doing these rallys. I guess its their good fortune that ppl didn't hurl chappal and sade ande (rotten eggs) on them
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        MyTake
        Nov 18, 2016 at 6:19 am
        Give about a week or so more and these actors will be chaseded out of the streets!
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          Rakesh
          Nov 18, 2016 at 9:41 am
          Mr Kachree Walsh bhakt you will not receive any money cause ur bosses black money / isi money cannot exchanged now
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            AAP
            Nov 18, 2016 at 6:36 am
            In 2011 Kejriwal was anti-corruptionlt;br/gt;In 2016 Kejriwal is anti anti-corruption
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              Arpan
              Nov 18, 2016 at 9:32 am
              If Some people died due to heart attack,cold etc., in it should not be considered as death due to demonetisation. Just see there are no causality due to stampede, due to long queues it shows that people are voluntarily making proper queues . Even you can count the responses of this article but alas you will say those giving positive responses are bhakts, rss, bjp, abvp,bajranj dal , are paid , are fakes etc etc etc etc etc. bhai log tumlog sudhar jao abhi abhi to 1000 years ki ghulami se nikle ho, thora hawa aane do.
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                ashok s
                Nov 18, 2016 at 7:11 am
                Ak is former revenue officer if he uses logical senses he will unearth one of the biggest scam in India worth 4 Trillion rs . he can contact me to have some light on that. It s very simple calculation
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                  atul
                  Nov 18, 2016 at 8:52 am
                  ur a Blind Bakht..copy right of impotent FEKU. let him get his wife first before doing nation building. SC said riot like situation. get Amit Shah and Mohan bhagwat and kill then at Chandni Chowk. M killers. see all shops are closed business are shut becoz feku.
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                    Dash
                    Nov 18, 2016 at 7:35 am
                    One good thing about demoneyltization is that people got to know how honest commie Kejri is. He is Lau without sense kf humour. Modern Lalu is the most disgusting poliician in the history of Indian politics. Some of his ardent fans are extremely angry with him. Thos douche himself has ruined himself.
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                      sethuram Sethuram
                      Nov 18, 2016 at 11:31 am
                      Half knowledge is dangerous. An educated moron can be outright fatal for the country.
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                        sethuram Sethuram
                        Nov 18, 2016 at 11:45 am
                        In 2011 Kejriwal was acting as if he was anti-corruption. Anna Hazare and the people were fooled. In 2016 Krjriwal is CM of Delhi, Having got the prize, he does not care. People are wide awake from the dream and curse their own stupidity for trusting a chameleon just because it went to IIT.
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                          sethuram Sethuram
                          Nov 18, 2016 at 11:39 am
                          This is the same as 2G Raja, Kanimozhi getting bail due to coalition dharma from Congress. Learn to be relevant to the current situation. I know Kapil Sibal wants to file PILs on behalf of every Indian separately, why is he appearing in the court for everyone and himself and also his party?
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                            sethuram Sethuram
                            Nov 18, 2016 at 11:41 am
                            When you do not have a sensible argument, you start using foul language. However that does not make you sensible either. Request you think for a minute and then write.
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                              sethuram Sethuram
                              Nov 18, 2016 at 11:35 am
                              obviously you are not in one of those small towns. I live in a small town, my monthly expense is Rs 5000 (living in father's house). Parents live in the village nearby, everyone knows everyone else. We can even barter unlike you city types. I can tell my doctor , that I will pay him next month. That is how poor India , villages and towns live. Please do not worry about us folks in small towns and villages. We are absolutely fine.
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                                Balaji
                                Nov 18, 2016 at 8:12 am
                                All the great persons supporting The PM are fools. Only mamata and kejri are the two intelligent persons on the Earth. That is point they want to prove.
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                                  Balaji
                                  Nov 18, 2016 at 8:09 am
                                  These two are shameless and mindless creatures. They are thinking others are fool and could not understand their crocodile tear movement. Please do not cry in the name of others. If u want to cry then cry in your name, then cry for the sake of your black money. I am a common man. I do not feel anything bad. I do not think difficulties is unbearable. Declaration of PM is equally applicable to me and my family like other ordinary citizen since I am not any VIP. Only difference is that I understand the things on its merit ground. If this is the case for me then why other people will cry. Due to depression if wind flow at high speed damaging a small property then whether God to be blamed . For gaining something big small sacrifice is reasonable. No politics Please.
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                                    CG
                                    Nov 18, 2016 at 5:35 am
                                    This reporting doesnt suit the image that i had of Indian Express.. you are stooping down as well
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                                      gopal
                                      Nov 18, 2016 at 5:42 am
                                      Demonetization :Factslt;br/gt;a) It did affect people to some extent but it was expected due to the volume of currency in circulation and sudden impactlt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;b) The long queues in bank is also not uniform. In Chennai, people have more accts in 3 banks, Indian Bank, IOB and ICICI bank. These banks had maximum savings acct of Chennai people and had the maximum queues. I believe in every major city it would be 3-4 banks which would have faced maximum queues. In Kerala , it was SBT which has the maximum acct holders and it had the maximum impact, same SBT in Chennai had very little queue and an acct holder like me faced minimal inconveniencelt;br/gt;c) The credibility of politicians have reached very low and opportunistic politicians like Kujli and Mamata would not be able to make an impact with false propaalt;br/gt;d) The public supports this move in general though not very happy with the inconvenience caused
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                                        Harmeet
                                        Nov 18, 2016 at 9:34 am
                                        Kejriwal has to dump all his money in river Yamuna or make a bon-fire of it in Jantar Mantar
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                                          MMJoshi
                                          Nov 18, 2016 at 8:57 am
                                          This fellow writer Atul is some psychotic of Kejriwal cl. Listen to general public and then frame your arguments.
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                                            San Jos
                                            Nov 18, 2016 at 6:57 am
                                            Its a road show by a Bunder and a Bunderiya. Madari ka khel dekhene aaye the log. Both of them will be having huge stacks of old 500and1000 notes and hence they are frustrated. This is definitely the end of Kejriwal's political career and Banerjee must find out new ways to woo Bengalies in next election as farmers are also not happy with their land return
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