Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mother, Heeraben Modi, 96, visited a bank in Ahmedabad on Tuesday morning to swap her currency notes. After arriving at the bank in a wheelchair, she was helped inside by two ladies accompanying her. Heeraben exchanged Rs 4,500 for new currency notes, news agency ANI reported. Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikant Das yesterday announced that there will be separate queues for senior citizens and “divyang”.
On Sunday, addressing an event in Goa, PM Modi was overcome with emotion when he spoke about how he had to leave behind his family for the sake of the nation. He made an impassioned appeal to the nation, urging everyone to bear with the shortage of currency in circulation for another 50 days.
The prime minister’s move to scrap Rs 500, Rs 1000 notes came under strong criticism from the Opposition, with TMC leading the charge. Opposition parties have been chalking out a joint strategy to take on the Modi government during the Parliament Winter Session. Congress, TMC, Left, JD(U) and RJD are among those planning to take the fight to the government in the House. PM Modi, however, assured BJP MPs that they have the people’s support and advised them against succumbing to pressure from the Opposition.