Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Monday lashed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his statement that poor are enjoying a sound sleep after demonetisation, saying it was an “insult” to the common people.
“The PM in his speech said that the poor are sleeping peacefully. This is an insult to commoners and in bad taste,” the TMC supremo said in a tweet after Modi’s statement in Ghazipur.
“My humble suggestion is not to hit the common people like this,” she said.
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Mamata said while the masses have been victimised and crushed under the weight of demonetisation, many economists are now predicting the onset of recession.
“This will be a killer for the common people. Already a staggering Rs 1.5 lakh crore of GDP has been lost by the economy in only six days,” she said in a statement.
Speaking at BJP’s ‘Parivartan Yatra’ in Ghazipur earlier in the day, Modi said, “After demonetisation, the poor are enjoying a sound sleep while the rich are running from pillar to post to buy sleeping pills.”
Mamata claimed that thousands of trucks carrying vegetables and essential goods were stuck at different state borders as they could not pay tax. “They were waiting for three days. To save farmers and commoners, perishable vegetables should not be allowed to spoil. The Bengal government has decided not to impose any agricultural tax on movement of trucks for next three days,” the chief minister said.
She said the issue would become even more serious over the next few days and would push up prices of essential goods beyond control.
Mamata, who is in the forefront of the opposition’s attack against the Modi government on demonetisation issue, had said she was not averse to working with arch-rival CPI(M) and other opposition parties like Congress, SP, BSP to fight against the “anti-people” government which has imposed an “undeclared emergency”.
She also spoke to President Pranab Mukherjee Sunday over the Centre’s demonetisation move and said representatives of political parties will meet him on this issue.
With PTI inputs