Give Bengal Rs 250 crore in new currency to counter Mamata: State BJP chief

He questioned Banerjee's concern for the masses by asking why she is not writing to the Centre demanding more notes

By: PTI | Kolkata | Published: December 7, 2016 8:43 pm
demonetisation, mamata banerjee, mamata protest demonetisation, arun jaitley, new currency, more currency for bengal, more cash for bengal Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee addresses a press conference in Kolkata on Thursday. PTI Photo (PTI12_1_2016_000344A)

In a bid to take away the sting of Opposition campaign initiated by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over demonetisation, state BJP chief Dilip Ghosh has requested Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for immediate release of Rs 250 crore in Rs 500 notes.

“The opposition over the issue of demonetisation is centered in West Bengal. TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee is trying to provoke the people against the BJP government by whipping up the issue of scarcity of notes, especially of Rs 500 denomination,” he told reporters.

So to blunt the opposition attack, he had shot off a letter to Jaitley requesting him to immediately dispatch Rs 250 crore in Rs 500 denominations so that she can not raise this issue, Ghosh said.

He questioned Banerjee’s concern for the masses by asking why she is not writing to the Centre demanding more notes like other chief ministers of the country.

“If she was really concerned about the people she would have written to the Centre, just like other chief ministers have written demanding more new notes of 500 denomination.

“Rather doing that, she has opted for politicking the issue. This only shows the true colour of TMC,” Ghosh said.

Continuing her tirade against Modi, Banerjee had vowed to fight till the end against the ‘anti-people’ decision of demonetisation which, she claimed, had imposed an ‘undeclared financial emergency’ in the country.

Banerjee had staged a sit-in in Delhi on November 23 and also met President Pranab Mukherjee on the issue.

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    roby mani
    Dec 8, 2016 at 1:56 am
    The BJP spin master is trying to p on the blame for the untold miseries and problems caused to the common man and Indian Economy by the himalayan ber committed by his political bosses in Delhi. It is only natural that the opposition will take advantage of any such bers committed by the ruling party and gain political mileage to the maximum extend possible. Mamata must be congratulated for bringing out the folly in the decision and projecting it in its true form to the nation as a w. It is high time BJP accept that the decision was not made for benefiting the nation, but was to gain political mileage in the UP elections. lt;br/gt;It now appears, that as he saying goes: handing over power to BJP is like handing over a garland of fresh flowers to a monkey,