Demonetisation: CM Mamata Banerjee accuses the NDA govt of ‘discrimination’ against West Bengal

"The whole of rural India is crying, farmers are crying. If food is not available what will the common people eat? Plastic??" Banerjee said accusing the Centre of pursuing "discriminatory" politics.

By: PTI | Kolkata | Updated: November 19, 2016 5:14 pm
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Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday accused the NDA government at Centre of pursuing “discriminatory” politics against West Bengal by not releasing new 500 rupees notes in the state. “They have sent 500 rupees notes to Rajasthan. But they are not sending the 500 rupees notes to Bengal. The Central government has totally failed to act. Rural India is dying, they don’t use card. What will they do? The whole of rural India is crying, farmers are crying. If food is not available what will the common people eat? Plastic??” Banerjee said accusing the Centre of pursuing “discriminatory” politics.

The West Bengal Chief Minister lauded the Supreme Court for expressing reservation on Centre’s plea for direction that no court except apex court hears pleas on demonetisation notification. Banerjee on Saturday visited the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) regional office in Kolkata and spoke to the RBI regional director Rekha Warriar and urged her to ensure that cash is available at all ATMs and Banks.

“I told her to ensure that cash is available at all the banks and ATMs. Common people should not face harassment. They should not be harassed. Don’t say that you are trying. Because the word ‘trying’ is a vague word. It is a word used to shield negligence and incompetence. I am not blaming you. Where from will you give notes, if the Centre has not provided?” Banerjee told Warriar.

The TMC supremo along with party leaders on Saturday visited the ATMs outside the RBI office in Kolkata and spoke to commoners. She also visited Burrabazar area in Kolkata and spoke to businessman and shopkeepers. “People cannot access their savings account. This is being restricted. Is their money safe? The country wants to know,” she said.

Banerjee also lauded the Supreme court’s observation about demonetisation. The Supreme Court on Friday dubbed as a “serious issue” the long queues outside banks and post offices and expressed its reservation on the Centre’s plea seeking a direction that no other court in the country should entertain petitions challenging the November 8 notification.

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First Published on: November 19, 2016 5:04 pm
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    Makeit Possible
    Nov 19, 2016 at 12:11 pm
    Mamata..just keep your mouth shut. Don't understand why people of Bengal, who are very intelligent and intellectual elected her.
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      PUNEET SRIVASTAVA
      Nov 19, 2016 at 11:52 am
      MAMTA IS THE WORST CM . HER W POLITICS IS BASED ON THE ILLEGAL VOTE BANK. SHE HAS NEVER EVER THOUGHT ABOUT THE GREAT WEST BENGAL. I THINK W BENGAL IS RUNNING ON PARALLEL ECONOMY. BENGALI ES HAVE GREAT CONTRIBUTION IN EVERY FIELD BUT WHAT ABOUT WEST BENGAL IN THE RECENT YEAR, FAIR BUSINESS IS ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE IN W.B. FAKE CURRENCY IN MALDA IS KNOWN WORLD OVER. NO BODY WANTS TO INVEST MONEY IN WB. ONCE UPON A TIME W.B WAS THE HUB OF INDIA's ECONOMY.
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        Raj
        Nov 20, 2016 at 9:27 am
        Mamtha ji nobody is beeping and everybody are Obediently in que,nobody asked you to go to Delhi and shout along with krejiwal, heard what baba amte sa, you don't seem to have any other better work for the welfare of the people of Bengal, I cannot understand why the highly intellectual Bengali's put up with such petty reaction ,which does not behove of a cm.
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          sambit
          Nov 19, 2016 at 12:12 pm
          From being the most developed city and capital in India to least developed metro city reveals the only development happening there is for corruption
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            Sam N
            Nov 19, 2016 at 12:15 pm
            mamata only knows how to import illegal immigrants to increase her votebank.
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