As Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee along with other Opposition party leaders protested at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Monday, her party organised a protest march from College Square to Dorina Crossing at Esplande in central Kolkata the same day. State ministers, TMC MLAs and councillors, and other party workers participated in the march — the first time they hit the streets against demonetisation.
The TMC’s top brass, including Subrata Bakshi, Firhad Hakim, Sovan Chatterjee, Arup Biswas and Sovandeb Chatterjee, walked the distance while some like Dr Partha Chatterjee joined the protesters at the end of the rally.
Sovandeb said labourers, daily wage earners and small businessmen were the worst hit because of the policy.
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Referring to the Prime Minister as “Hitler” he said, “Till the day Hitler steps down we will continue with our protest programmes here.”
State Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim anticipated more problems in the near future. “This inconsiderate decision of the Modi government will create a food crisis…It looks like he intends to sell the country to corporates,” he said.
He said a Bangladeshi couple who arrived here for medical treatment had asked him if Modi was mentally unbalanced. “It is a matter of shame for me to hear such a comment from a citizen of another country,” he said.
Lauding Mamata’s efforts against demonetisation, Bakshi said, “Only Mamata Banerjee has the guts to take this storm which has been raised in Bengal, to New Delhi. Central leaders will definitely feel the heat of the protest movement against demonetisation.”
State Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said the move to demonetise notes was thoughtless. “A person who wears suits worth Rs 15 lakh each and whose account sees deposits to the tune of Rs 6 crore at one go, can never be successful in getting black money back to the country,” he said.
It was found out that the next TMC rally would be organised on November 26. From November 24 onwards there will be protests at every district and from November 25, the movement would be taken to the block level of the state.