December 17, 2016 5:00:40 am
In order to negate any negative impact of demonetisation on the results of the Municipal Chandigarh elections, Chandigarh BJP chief Sanjay Tandon has urged Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to get some cash released for the city. Talking to Chandigarh Newsline, Tandon said, “It is my duty to inform my high-ups about what problems people are facing here in Chandigarh and I have just conveyed that thing to the party to help the residents here.”
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However, Tandon said that the cash situation in Chandigarh had improved in the last two days and people were not facing much problem now.
The BJP was getting inputs from its members that city residents, including traders and daily wagers, were frustrated over not getting cash even for basic needs and that could have an impact on the elections. These elections are important for the BJP as Punjab is to go to Assembly polls in February and the results here might have an impact on the results in Punjab.
A senior BJP leader on condition of anonymity said, “This was indeed a very good step. Had the situation been managed well in time, it would have been fine. But now it has been so many days and the situation is just not back to normal. While people are not even getting money for basic things, crores of new currency notes are being found. So this problem has to be rectified if the party doesn’t want any negative impact on the polls.”
However, former railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal claims that the BJP knows general public is frustrated after the demonetisation and it will surely reflect in the election results here.
“BJP could send senior leaders for campaigning but unfortunately could not send cash here in Chandigarh for the people. Very bad days are staring at us. I have been going door-to-door and find the situation has rather worsened. Earlier, people were hopeful but the pain is very acute now,” he said.
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