Demonetisation: JD(U) workers conduct last rites of ATM machine

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Bengaluru | Updated: December 9, 2016 7:07:56 PM

In a surprise turn of event, which may even upset JD(U) chief and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, several party workers today conducted the last rite of an ATM machine in Bengaluru

The incident has shown that several ATMs and banks still continue to have less cash. (ANI)The incident has shown that several ATMs and banks still continue to have less cash. (ANI)

In a surprise turn of event, which may even upset JD(U) chief and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, several party workers today conducted the last rite of an ATM machine in Bengaluru after it had not dispense cash. The move may embarrass Nitish Kumar as his party, even while being in the Opposition, is supporting NDA Government’s demonetisation drive in which it banned old high-valued notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 on its effort curb the flow of black money in the country.

The incident has shown that several ATMs and banks still continue to have less cash with long queues are being seen nearly everyday, with people hoping to withdraw cash for their daily necessities. Even in Moradabad, a scuffle between the police and locals erupted outside a bank after the police manhandled a lawyer, who was standing in a queue.

Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court continued its hearing on the note ban drive and asked the Centre if the policy was strictly secret when it was being made. Chief Justice of India T S Thakur also asked the government as to why it’s order of granting a withdrawal limit of Rs 24,000 per day to a person had not been implemented yet.

It framed 9 questions for the adjudication to decide whether demonetisation drive was unconstitutional. It will resume the hearing on the matter on December 14. In the meantime, Prashant Bhushan told the top court that there was no cash in ATMs and recalibration was not carried out in the proper manner. He further said that cooperative banks had been discriminated in the entire process after high-valued notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 were banned.

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