New Delhi: The elderly ex-servicemen seen crying after being unable to withdraw money in the immediate aftermath of demonetisation has done a u-turn on the government's policy. He had become the face of the woes faced by Indians in the wake of demonetisation.This morning, as Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi continued his tweeting juggernaut against the drive, in one of his tweets, he quoted a Hindi couplet and said, "Eik aansu bhi hukoomat ke liye khatra hai. Tumne dekha nahin hai aankhon ka samandar hona [Even a single tear is dangerous for the government, because you never know when the drop turns into an ocean]."
What was more notable in his tweet was a picture he attached with it. The man in the photograph is an ex-serviceman, apparently crying in despair standing in a serpentine queue in November last year. Nand Lal, who lives in Gurugram, became the face of the woes people faced in the aftermath of the move.
"एक आँसू भी हुकूमत के लिए ख़तरा है— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) November 8, 2017
तुमने देखा नहीं आँखों का समुंदर होना" pic.twitter.com/r9NuCkmO6t
Well, supposedly. Lal, while speaking to ANI, made a marked turnaround on such reports and said, "I welcome the government's decision. According to me, this demonetisation drive brought much relief from terrorism. These notes were made in Russia because the country is a friend of India. America is nothing, just a friend of Pakistan." The army veteran, in another media interaction, had said that he initially faced difficulty in getting cash, but everything soon became smoother. When asked if it was the right decision, the retired soldier said he would go with whatever the government decides as he has been a serviceman. He added he would abide by every decision of the government.