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Politics at its cynical worst

Print edition : December 09, 2016

People waiting in queue to exchange money at the Chandni Chowk area in New Delhi on November 16. Photo: R.V. Moorthy

Queue outside an ATM in Mumbai on November 16. Photo: PAUL NORONHA

Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a function in New Delhi on November 16. Photo: PTI

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das at a press conference on demonetisation on November 12. Photo: R.V. Moorthy

People at a bank in Bengaluru on November 19 to withdraw and deposit cash. Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy

A notice displayed on an ATM machine which is no longer dispensing cash in Chandigarh on November 14. Photo: AJAY VERMA/REUTERS

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee with National Conference leader Omar Abdullah, AAP MP Bhagwant Mann, Shiv Sena leaders and other opposition MPs, marching to Rashtrapati Bhavan to present a memorandum to the President, on November 16. Photo: Shanker Chakravarty

The activist lawyer Prashant Bhushan.

Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi Chief Minister. Photo: PTI

As people across the country queue up to gain access to cash, the politics of the demonetisation move reveals the utter cynicism of the ruling dispensation.
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