Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday questioned how Bharatiya Janata Party MP Mahesh Sharma managed to celebrate his daughter’s wedding despite restrictions on withdrawal limits imposed during the demonetisation exercise, IANS reported.
The Aam Aadmi Party chief minister said, “Is he making all the payments in cheque? Is he managing the wedding expenses in under Rs 2.5 lakh? How were his notes exchanged?” the news agency reported. Sharma shot back, “Get your facts right. It is my son’s wedding. And yes, all the payments have been made through the bank.”
On November 21, the Reserve Bank of India announced an exemption to the demonetisation restrictions, stating that those holding weddings can withdraw up to Rs 2.5 lakh if the have accounts that are Know Your Customer compliant and the wedding is before December 30. The applicant also needs evidence to prove that the person who is being paid does not have an account and can provide declarations from each of the people being paid.
Opposition parties on Monday conducted nation-wide protests called “Jan Akrosh Diwas” or “public outrage day” against the government’s decision to declare Rs 500 and 1,000 currency notes as illegal tender. The Supreme Court had directed the government to take appropriate action to prevent a riot-like situation with people still forming serpentine queues at banks to deposit or withdraw cash. The Opposition has accused the Centre of mismanagement and alleged that people close to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led administration were tipped-off about the initiative.