Akhilesh Yadav gives Rs 2 lakh each over bank queue deaths
Akhilesh gave away cheques to 14 families on Saturday who lost their members as a result of note ban.
With UP Assembly election round the corner, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav launched another frontal attack on BJP by handing over compensation of Rs 2 lakh to relatives of people who died while standing in queues outside banks and ATMs. NDTV reported that Akhilesh gave away cheques to 14 families on Saturday who lost their members as a result of note ban.
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"Initially there was a lot of euphoria over this notebandi, now the same people who were enthused about it are now saying it's the worst thing. Elections are coming up and I am totally hopeful that these people who have suffered will teach a lesson to such governments," NDTV reported Akhilesh as saying.
Akhilesh also stated that cashless economy is abigger dream than achche din.
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Reportedly, Akhilesh is the first chief minister in the country to come with such a gesture after the introduction of note ban on November 8.
Muni Lal, hailing from Mahoba in Bundelkhand district, was one of the beneficiaries of Akhilesh’s gesture. Lal’s 80-year-old father died last week, while waiting in along queue outside a bank in their village.
He said, it is indeed a painful moment for me to receive money as compensation for his father’s death, and added people have gone through untold miseries after demonetisation in the state.
"It is so terrible that people are having to face such hardships for their own money," said Lal later to media after receiving the cheque from the chief minister.
Akhilesh's announcement has come Yadav's move came on a day the BJP's month-long Parivartan Yatras, which happened in the backdrop of demonetisation, came to an end in Lucknow. Prime Minister Modi had held multiple rallies in the last month in UP, pitching the notes ban as a major poll plank for the BJP.