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The Morning Wrap: Will Demonetisation Spell Trouble For The BJP? A Cashless Wedding In Jharkhand

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Although opinion polls give the BJP an edge in the upcoming state elections, with some even predicting a clear victory for it, the party seems unsure of its prospects. One of its pre-poll gambits has been to turn demonetisation into its primary election plank, a risk that could prove costly writes Arathi R Jerath.

On Friday, a full month before schedule, the Indian government released its predictions for the economy's annual growth, without taking into account the biggest economic event in recent history — the banning of old ₹500 and ₹1,000 notes. Given the limited and vague data, the early budget exercise runs the danger of becoming a scramble based on half-baked numbers, writes Rimin Dutt.

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Far from curbing black money or corruption, demonetisation has struck a blow to the economy, Amartya Lahiri and Devashish Mitra write in The Indian Express. "Probably the biggest negative of demonetisation has been its implementation, as manifested in the chronic shortages of new notes," they point out, among a host of other disruptions it has caused to the country.

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