In a bid to highlight severe currecy crunch being faced India, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi joined the quarantine queue in front of the SBI Parliament Street Branch in view of non-availability of Rs.500 and Rs.1000 notes.
The long queues in front of banks and ATMs has taken the centre-stage on Friday over the unplanned financial shutdown in the country that is turning into a harassment and a big menace for the middle class and salaried people who never withdrew huge amounts but always depended on smaller sums. Now that Rs.100 notes are scarce in the country, most ATMs are turning dry in few hours of opening and Indian banks have miserably failed to face the challenge.
Even RBI has been unable to meet the currency crunch in the country despite rushing truck-loads of cash to several bank branches but in vain. The country is not in mere tens of crores but in a billion plus numbers and the poor banking infrastructure has come forth for the planners to realise it for sure now.
While standing in queue like any Aam Aadmi (Common Man), Rahul Gandhi asked the poking media, “You don’t realise the comman man’s woes nor your crorepati owners. I am with the poor people who are facing currency crunch and you see that no suit-boot person is in the queue. It means only the middle class is affected by the move.”
While the entire media was taken aback, Delhi Police rushed additional police to the venue to provide security as he enjoys SPG protection in the country. He later withdrew Rs.4,000 and returned.