The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday alleged that an irresponsible West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is trying to incite the people by misguiding them on the central government’s move to demonetize high value currency.
“As Chief Minister of West Bengal, she must act responsibly. Certainly you can go to the people, find out the difficulties they are facing and you should try and resolve their problems. But today, Mamata Banerjee is acting in a very irresponsible manner by going to the people of Burrabazar area,” BJP leader Chandra Kumar Bose told ANI.
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Bose said the decision to demonetise is a historic one taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to curb black money in circulation and to fight terror money.
“She is trying to incite the people by misguiding them against the Central Government. This is a historic decision taken by Narendra Modi ji to curb black money in circulation, to fight the terror money that is being used and also the fake currency. Since independence, no other Prime Minister has taken such a positive step. For the first time, a milestone decision has been taken by the Prime Minister. I think all political parties must support this decision,” he added.
Banerjee on Saturday visited the Burrabazar area of Kolkata to listen to the woes of the people at the time people are facing cash shortage after the announcement of the demonetisation by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 8.
Soon after meeting them, Banerjee in a series of tweets said that people cannot access their own saving accounts after the move, which is being restricted because of the cash crunch. Pointing out that the whole rural nation, including farmers, are crying after the ban on Rs. 500 and Rs. 1, 000, she asked if food is not available for them, what will they eat?
Expressing her sympathy for bank staff across the country working day and night for the services of the people, she added that all are under pressure.
Last Wednesday, she led a protest march on the issue to the Rashtapati Bhawan along with leaders of National Conference, AAP and NDA constituent Shiv Sena.
Banerjee had issued an ultimatum of three days to the Central Government to rollback demonetisation or face intensified protest.