Demonetisation: Continuous cash crunch can adversely impact BJP’s prospects in Uttar Pradesh polls, believes RSS

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Updated: Dec 17, 2016 10:23 AM

With the gradual shifting of common people from supporting the demonetisation to criticising it taking note of the continuous cash crunch even over a month of its announcement, several units and affiliates of the RSS believed it could adversely impact the chances of BJP to win.

Soon after PM Narendra Modi's announcement of demonetisation, the banks and ATMs witnessed long queues of people waiting to either withdraw lower denomination of banknotes or to exchange their high-value currencies with it. (PTI)Soon after PM Narendra Modi’s announcement of demonetisation, the banks and ATMs witnessed long queues of people waiting to either withdraw lower denomination of banknotes or to exchange their high-value currencies with it. (PTI)

With the gradual shifting of common people from supporting the demonetisation to criticising it taking note of the continuous cash crunch even over a month of its announcement, several units and affiliates of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) believed it could adversely impact the chances of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to win. They have reportedly suggested senior functionaries of the Sangh and the BJP that either cash inflow should be increased at the earliest or the Uttar Pradesh elections should be delayed, reported The Indian Express.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced on November 8 to demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes to combat black money, corruption and fake currency from Indian economy along with shifting to a cashless economy. Soon after the decision, the banks and ATMs witnessed long queues of people waiting to either withdraw lower denomination of banknotes or to exchange their high-value currencies with it. Though it has been over a month when the move was taken, the condition is no different with people still found standing in serpentine queues waiting to get their money while the banks and ATMs are running out of money.

In view of the ongoing circumstances, these units of RSS are believed to have given their feedback. According to sources, office-bearers of these affiliates, the VHP and ABVP, among others, submitted their feedback during a coordination meeting of RSS and BJP leaders held in Lucknow on Wednesday. The meeting was convened by RSS Sah Sarkaryawah Dattatreya Hosabale and Krishnagopal. Office-bearers of different Sangh affiliates from Awadh Prant, Kanpur Prant, Purvi Kshetra were present at the meeting and gave ground-level feedback, sources said. BJP national general secretary (organisation) Ramlal, joint general secretary (organisation) Shiv Prakash, state president Keshav Prasad Maurya, state general secretary (organisation) Sunil Bansal, along with party president and organisation secretaries of Awadh and Kanpur-Bundelkhand regions represented the party.

On the occasion, an office-bearer also suggested to highlight the news of Income Tax raids on black money holders should be publicised to convey a message that the Centre is honestly implementing the move.

Meanwhile, the RSS and BJP leaders expressed hope that normalcy will be restored soon in teh country, sources said. They have voiced displeasure over the role of some private banks, which, they alleged, were creating the cash crisis in the market.

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