Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Vinay Sahasrabuddhe on Tuesday drew flak for making an indifferent statement directed at the people who died waiting in line, outside banks to exchange their money. Sahasrabuddhe cited the example of people standing in queues and said that people die in ration queues too. Sahasrabuddhe made this statement on being asked about people dying in queues while waiting outside banks and ATMs. Sahasrabuddhe is a BJP MP, Madhya Pradesh.
Although Sahasrabuddhe later, through micro-blogging site Twitter clarified that his statement had been misinterpreted. He said that it was unfortunate that people died in queues and the party was sensitive towards it. He further admitted that it was painful to stand in queues and get the work done. He added that although people do use different methods to their work is done, this time they were waiting in the queue of honesty. He said that the people who chose honesty and support the government and know him would understand that he was not an insensitive person and could not say things as such.
Sahasrabuddhe said that neither he nor the government was insensitive towards people standing in queues and urged them to be patient as they get their work done in banks, post offices and ATMs. Earlier on November 8 at nearly 10 pm, Prime Narendra Modi had announced a ban on the use of RS 500 and RS 1000 notes in an attempt to curb black money. Needless to say, the move caught millions by shock as huge lines were seen outside banks and ATMS to deposit, exchange or withdraw money.