Arvind Kejriwal, the chief minister of Delhi, urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday to have images of Lord Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi on currency notes.
He claimed that the images of Ganesha and Lakshmi could be printed on new currency notes during a press conference. He stated that the new notes might feature images of Mahatma Gandhi on one side and the two deities on the other.
“Despite making efforts, sometimes our efforts do not fructify if gods and goddesses are not blessing us. I appeal to PM (Modi) to have photos of Lord Ganesha and Goddess Laxmi on our currency (notes).
“If there is a photo of Lakshmi-Ganesha on our currency (notes), our country will prosper. I will write to (the) prime minister in a day or two on this,” he said.
He gave Indonesia as an illustration, a Muslim country. with a Ganesha image on its currency.
“When Indonesia can, why can’t we? The photos can be printed on fresh (currency) notes,” he said.
He bemoaned the poor state of the Indian economy and claimed that as a result of the rupee’s decline against the US dollar, the nation was in a precarious situation.
“We all want India to be rich and every family here to be prosperous. We have to open schools and hospitals on a large scale,” he added.