State Congress chief Adhir Chowdhury on Tuesday ruled out any joint movement with “Saradha and Narada scam tainted” TMC over the issue of demonetisation, and asked Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to stop her “drama of fighting against black money”.
Speaking at a press conference about Mamata reaching out to opposition parties to join hands against the NDA government’s decision, he said, “She is trying to take the lead when no one wants her to and is seeking the help of Congress for her own political dividend.
“She has been crying hoarse over the issue because her own Cabinet ministers have amassed huge amounts of black money through many illegal sources such as the Saradha and Narada scams. Mamata is the owner of the biggest pile of black money.”
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Alleging that there was a tacit understanding between the TMC and BJP, the Congress leader said, “The Modi-Didi dosti is known to all. She must stop the drama and hit the streets against Modi if she is so opposed to him.
“ Besides, she must ensure that the smuggling of fake notes, 80 per cent of which is done through Bengal, should stop.
All this has happened because of the patronage of TMC leaders in border areas. Bengal has been number one in procuring loans and violence against women, and has slipped to the 15th spot in the country in terms of industries. She should concentrate on stopping cattle smuggling.”
Chowdhury further said that though his party was not opposed to demonetisation as one of the ways to curb the menace of black money in the country, it was against the way the decision had been implemented.
“It was announced more as a gimmick without being sure about the present inadequate banking infrastructure and without any consideration for the common people who have been subjected to a lot of inconveniences,” he said. Asking why new notes of Rs 2,000 were being circulated when notes of large denominations, most commonly hoarded by people, had been demonetised, he said, “The government has come under pressure owing to protests by Congress and has now decided to print more denominations of Rs 500 and Rs 100.”
with PTI INPUTS