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Rahul Gandhi joins queue at bank for exchanging currency

AMN / New Delhi

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Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi Friday visited SBI’s Parliament Street branch to exchange demonetised currency notes with new ones. While in queue he hit out at the government saying the people are facing problems due to the Centre’s move.

Attacking the Prime Minister, Mr. Gandhi said the government should be for the poor and not for just 15-20 persons.

The Congress vice-president said that he was standing in queue as the people were suffering while exchanging their demonetised Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 notes.

“There is no crorepati in the queue. Poor people are standing in queue for several hours. I want to say that the government should be for poor people and not for just 15-20 persons.

“People are facing hardships that’s why I have come to join them. I am here to exchange my Rs 4,000 with new notes,” the Congress vice-president told reporters in New Delhi.

“Neither you (reporters) nor your crorepati owners nor the Prime Minister will understand the problems faced by people,” Mr. Gandhi said.

The Congress leader, who reached the SBI’s Parliament House branch at around 4.25 p.m., waited for his turn in queue to exchange his old notes.

He also interacted with people standing in queue and listened to their troubles.

Many people took selfie with Mr. Gandhi. There was a huge crowd in the bank with people desperately trying to exchange old notes. They faced inconveniences as Mr. Gandhi reached there and some of people tried to catch a glimpse of him. Many bank staffers were also seen clicking pictures of Mr. Gandhi.

He was at the bank for about 40 minutes.

Since the announcement of demonetisation of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 notes, long queues have been witnessed outside the banks and ATMs with people desperately trying to exchange their old notes with new ones.

On the second consecutive day, Delhiites found it difficult in paying for household items, essential commodities and vegetables as they ran out of savings of small currencies.

BJP took a jibe at Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi over his visit to a bank for exchanging currency notes, the party has described it as merely a photo opportunity.

In a statement, senior BJP leader and Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said, Mr Gandhi’s visit to a bank in New Delhi only underlines the success of demonetisation move as privileged dynasties will now have to queue up and follow the law.

Muslims should not be treated as items of vote market: PM Modi

AMN / Kozhikode

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that Muslims should not be treated as what he called items of vote market or substance of hate. Addressing the BJP Council meeting in Kozhikode, Mr Modi invoked Jan Sangh ideologue Deendayal Upadhyay to say that the Muslims should be treated as own people.

The Prime Minister said, his government’s mission of ‘sabka sath, sabka vikas’ is not a political slogan but a commitment to ensure welfare of the last man in the society. In his speech, Mr Modi spoke at length about secularism, balanced and inclusive growth and need for electoral reforms while paying tributes to Upadhyay on his 100th birth anniversary. He contended that the definition of secularism has been distorted.

Mr Modi said time has come to hold a wide consultations to see how the electoral system can be improved in the context of role of money and holding of simultaneous polls. He said time has come to see to it what good can be added to the electoral system and what can be removed from it. In the past, Mr Modi has spoken in favour of holding the Lok Sabha and state assembly polls simultaneously as continuous cycle of elections hamper government’s work.

The Prime Minister announced that India will ratify the Paris Climate Change agreement on October 2, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Mr Modi said he had chosen the date, which is next Sunday, as Mahatma Gandhi’s life was an example of minimum carbon footprint. Talking about the need to ratify the agreement , Mr Modi said there is a looming threat due to global warming to many coastal countries and cities.

During the Paris climate meet in December last, more than 190 nations had agreed on setting ambitious goals for capping global warming and funnelling trillions of dollars to poor countries facing climate catastrophe. The pact will come into force after it is ratified by at least 55 countries that account for 55 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions.