West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday met traders at Boro bazar, Kolkata to take stock of the situation after Prime Minister Narendra Modi scrapped Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes nearly 11 days back in a bid to curb black money and terror financing. In a first, Banerjee tweeted out a video of her meeting with traders and the local public at the market place. As her car reached the market, the CM was heard saying, “The market is empty. Except for a few eateries, the market is closed. Business has shut down.” The traders present at the market place told Banerjee: “We don’t have change. We don’t have money. There is no money in bank. Our business is closed. The shops had to be shut down.”
Explaining their plight to the chief minister, the traders said they had come to the market to pass their time as they had no other work to do here. They complained that they don’t have the required change and when they shop they don’t get change for Rs 2,000 notes. “We don’t get change for Rs 2000 while shopping,” said a lady who had come to the market. “We have been standing in queues but banks, ATMs have closed. We don’t know what to do. This is the situation everywhere,” said a man at the market.
The CM said she went to RBI and there was no Rs 500, 100 notes in the bank. “I went to RBI. Neither do they have Rs 500 note, nor Rs 100 note. I went to there to take stock of the situation. After that I’ve come to Boro bazaar to check the situation here,” said the CM.