16/11/2016 11:52 AM IST | Updated 16/11/2016 12:40 PM IST

Azam Khan Calls BJP Hollow For Making PM Modi's Mother Stand In Bank Queue

"This was an unnecessary step."

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NEW DELHI -- Uttar Pradesh Cabinet Minister Azam Khan on Wednesday castigated Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA government for letting her aged mother stand in a queue for exchanging money in the wake of demonetisation and dubbed the whole episode as unnecessary.

Calling the BJP and the Central leadership hollow, Khan said that had he known that Prime Minster Modi's mother is going to stand in the queue he would have vouched and stood at her place.

"Had I known that Prime Minister's mother is going to stand in a line to withdraw money in this age I would have done anything but would have not let her struggle like this, I would have stood on her place. This was an unnecessary step, this was not pleasant, this shows that how hollow is the BJP and the Centre," said Khan.

Prime Minister Modi's mother, Heeraben Modi, visited a bank in Gandhinagar on Tuesday to exchange currency.

Nonagenarian Heeraben Modi, who had to use the help of a wheel chair and other people to reach the bank, exchanged ₹4500 after filling the required forms.

Her decision to go to the bank to exchange her currency gives the government run by her son, the much needed support and encouragement in the face of strident objections from some opposition parties such as the Congress, the Samajwadi Party, The Bahujan Samaj Party, the Communist Party of India-Marxist and the Trinamool Congress.

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