The Election commission of India wrote to Finance Ministry to express its objection the use of indelible ink on people who are visiting at Banks to exchange their old money in poll-bound states. Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das on Wednesday had announced the use of indelible ink on those exchanging the denomination of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 note in the banks. Speaking to the media, Das said that the ministry had received reports that dishonest elements of the society, who are trying to convert black money into white had organized groups of innocent people to send them from one branch to another for exchanging and get Rs 4500 each. And, the benefit of withdrawing cash went to few people.
Mamata Banerjee and other opposition parties are against the move
The BJP government’s move of demonetization has been widely criticized by some people, and the opposition parties ruling in their states. For instance: Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday posted her self-written poem on different social media platforms condemning PM Modi’s move against innocent people of the nation. She expressed her anger behalf of the public who is facing several problems due to lack of cash or new currency. She said that this was a desperate move by the government to start a black mechanism and it showed that the government did not faith its own people. She had been condemned the use of indelible ink on people saying it as violated certain rights.
Opposition demanding to revoke demonetization move
On the other hand, Earlier on Wednesday, Mamata Banerjee while addressing a rally in Delhi had warned the government giving a three-day ultimatum to revoke its decision of demonetization, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal was also with her at the rally. She also cautioned government about the opinion of the election commission on the use of indelible ink on prospective voters, when the by-elections were to begin on November 19. States like Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Tripura, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu etc would be going through the process of by-elections on November 19. The government ordered the use of indelible ink viewing malpractice by various consumers at banks while exchanging notes the old denomination of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes.
Leaders from opposition stepping up the heat against move in the parliament
At the same time, the impact of demonetization can be seen in the parliament session, where leaders from opposition parties are stepping up the heat against the move, leading to disruption in both houses of parliament. Another side government is prepared to weather the storm at least till the beginning of next week in the hope that that cash crunch caused by the withdrawal of old Rs500 and Rs 1000 notes would have somewhat eased by then. Even, the opposition parties refused to allow Rajya Sabha to function unless PM Modi responds to their question on the currency ban.