Shahdol by-election: Demonetisation and voters’ dilemma

Lalit Shastri

Katni-Anuppur Highway (Madhya Pradesh): These are villagers in a crowded queue outside a bank on Katni – Anuppur highway in Madhya Pradesh. This area falls in the Shahdol Parliamentary constituency where polling for by-election will be held on 19 November. Most of those one talked to said they were waiting endlessly to withdraw money to buy fertiliser. Some said they were also here yesterday but drew a blank. Most were heard cursing the Government of India decision to discontinue the use of ₹1000 and ₹500 notes as a futile attempt to curb black money. A local leader, who knew more than what most politicians think the villagers know said the poor are suffering but the “Seth log” (capitalists) and politicians, who invest their slush money in bullion, real estate, stock market, off-shore tax havens or havala are just not affected.

 

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