West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Wednesday led a protest march to the Rashtrapathi Bhavan, seeking President Pranab Mukherjee’s intervention over the Modi government’s move to scrap old tender. Banerjee lead a small group of opposition leaders, including J-K’s Omar Abdullah, and briefed the President over the inconvenience being faced by the public. “We asked for the intervention of the President. Even he has served as finance minister in the past and knows the situation very well,” she said.
Saying that the country was under financial emergency, Banerjee compared the move to discontinue old Rs 500, Rs 1000 to the one taken by the 14th century Delhi ruler Mohammed bin Tughlaq. Banerjee said the protest march was organised to save the common man from the looming disaster owing to demonetisation. She also questioned the government over how much black money has been recovered so far. Our party will move an adjournment motion inside the House, Banerjee added. “TMC MPs will disrupt House till adjournment motion is accepted,” she told NDTV.
The Congress and CPI(M) stayed away from the protest march despite being present at the opposition party meeting on Tuesday. The Congress said it first wanted to raise the issue in Parliament before apprising the President of the prevailing situation. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also stayed away from the march, but he sent his representative, Punjab MP Bhagwant Mann. NDA alliance partner Shiv Sena also joined the protest.