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Demonetisation: Twitter war between Mahesh Sharma and Kejriwal

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A wedding in union minister Mahesh Sharma’s family has seized the attention of Arvind Kejriwal, who tweeted on Monday questioning how he is paying for it after the currency ban.

Kejriwal tweeted in Hindi: “BJP MP Mahesh Sharma’s daughter is getting married. Is the entire payment in cheque? Has he kept the wedding spending within 2.5 lakh rupees? How did he exchange his notes?”

Sharma, the Minister of State for Culture, responded shortly: “First get your facts correct. It is my son’s wedding. Yes, the entire payment is being made through the bank.”

Kejriwal and his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) are among the most vociferous critics of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s shock decision to ban ₹ 500 and ₹1,000 currency notes, which formed over 85 per cent of the cash in circulation.

Confronting daily opposition attacks, PM Modi on Sunday gave a shout-out during his Mann Ki Baat radio talk to what he called a “chai-paani wala wedding” in which a couple in Gujarat spent only ₹500 on their wedding – for tea served to guests.

In a series of measures announced to ease the difficulties of people spending hours at banks and ATMs to withdraw or exchange cash, the government recently allowed families organising weddings to make a one-time withdrawal of 2.5 lakh rupees.