At a time when a groom in Delhi reportedly had to spend the night before his wedding standing in a long queue in a bank, Yoga Guru Ramdev said that BJP leadership did not realise it was a wedding season since many in the party are bachelors. "Many in the BJP are bachelors...they didn't realise it was wedding season...that was the mistake," Ramdev said.
If they (government) had done this around 15 days or one month later then there weddings wouldn’t have been so badly affected. One good thing that has come out of all this...people cannot demand dowryBaba Ramdev
Ramdev who had campaigned for the BJP during 2014 Lok Sabha election has earlier come forward praising Modi on his demonetisation decision. He said that while soldiers fighting at the frontier can go without food for days, then those waiting can do the same for the nation.
“During war, our soldiers fight sans eating for 7-8 days; so can’t we do the same for our nation”?” Ramdev said.
Ramdev had previously lauded PM saying demonetisation was a bold decision from him.“Entire country greets the PM for his move to control black money, the illegal businesses, corruption and economic offences,” he said. During Congress regime, he had asked government to discontinue the Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes.
Ramdev's remarks came in the wake of Centre's decision to allow families planning weddings to make a one-time withdrawal of Rs. 2.5 lakh.
We decided that for marriage ceremonies, up to 250,000 rupees will be permitted to be withdrawn from the bank account and it has to be drawn... from the father, mother or the person getting marriedEconomic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das
November and December are the months in which most number weddings take place in India. The sudden ban on Rs 500 and Rs 1000 had made it hard for families who already planned and announced weddings.
Many families who had withdrawn money from their bank accounts for the wedding purposes were left standing in queues to exchange their old notes. Many weddings were also called off in different parts of the country.