Mamata Banerjee targets Nitish Kumar: Won’t spare those who betray

Mamata Banerjee said it pained her that some political parties were not backing her demand that the Centre should roll back its demonetisation decision.

Written by Santosh Singh | Patna | Updated: December 1, 2016 6:32 pm
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Upset with Nitish Kumar for not backing her campaign against the Centre’s demonetisation move, Trinamool Congress leader and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee hit out at her Bihar counterpart Wednesday, saying “gaddari karne walon ko nahin chhodenge (betrayers will not be spared)”. Speaking at a dharna in Patna, Banerjee did not name Nitish Kumar with whom she appears to be engaged in a tussle for the leadership of the non-Congress Opposition bloc. She said it pained her that some political parties were not backing her demand that the Centre should roll back its demonetisation decision.

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“Jo saath hai to achchha hai, jo nahin hai to dukh lagta hai. Hum kisi ka naam nahin lenge. Yeh janata ki baat hai (It feels good to have support but it pains when you don’t have that support. I will not name anyone. This concerns the people).” She raised several slogans including “gaddari karne walon ko nahin chhodenge, nahin chhodenge”.

Describing the Centre’s demonetisation announcement as “Super Emergency”, Banerjee said: “We have lost our freedom 69 years after Independence. Roti, kapda aur makaan chheen gaya (basic needs such as food, clothing and housing have been snatched). Super Emergency has taken away our freedom.”

Taking another swipe at Nitish Kumar who has been speaking for a cashless economy, she said: “Of 8,000 Bihar panchayats, 5,000 panchayats have little access to banks and ATMs. There are several people who have never been to a bank, forget cashless transactions.” She reminded the crowds that the popular movement against Emergency started in Bihar.

“Desh ko bech diya (the country has been sold). There is need to speak out against demonetisation which is not supported by people who understand economics. Manmohan Singh, a leading economist, has also not supported it,” Banerjee said.

Although she met Lalu Prasad a day earlier, the RJD chief and his sons who are state ministers gave her dharna a miss. RJD vice president and former Union Minister Raghuvansh Prasad Singh represented the party at the dharna — Nitish Kumar had met Lalu Prasad Tuesday evening and spoken to RJD legislators. After their meeting, Lalu said the Bihar grand alliance was “strong as ever”.

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    Chander Pal
    Dec 1, 2016 at 12:34 am
    Betrayal is a confused word in Indian politics. Mamta was with nda under Atal. She left and joined hands with Congi. Again finding smooth she betra or what the two parted company. Lalu and nitish betra each other to form an alliance with who else than Congi. So let's keep the betrayal word aside and proceed. Mamta should continue at what she excels, chasing out industry and pushing more and more youth to unemployment. Because without industry how jobs will be created.
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      R. P.
      Nov 30, 2016 at 9:18 pm
      Seems to be a stooge of wretched Congress.
    2. S
      Nov 30, 2016 at 10:54 pm
      NITISH all black money was turn into white by BJP so he change his stance MAMTAJI BJP is ready to offer u same deal if u have any black money but u have to favour BJP
      1. T
        Dec 1, 2016 at 12:48 am
        ohh really ? who tell u all this n ur dream. how much black money u do hv . plz try luck n d same way . who stop u ....
        1. D
          Nov 30, 2016 at 4:43 pm
          Please get busy with depositing money in Jan Dhan Account. Time is money and you need to deposit it....
          1. I
            Nov 30, 2016 at 9:47 pm
            Mamta has gone insane.....she lacks basic understanding of the difference between short-term pain/long term gain against rampant corruption and black money. All she cares about is the vote of poor illiterate people whom she can dupe with her senseless protests.
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              IML sood
              Nov 30, 2016 at 6:42 pm
              Cry of frustrated Mumtaz of WB in Bihar but no one listen.
              1. J
                Nov 30, 2016 at 4:59 pm
                Seems like Mamta has solved all the problems in Bengal and is now focused on Nationwide problems having rallies and propaa around the country. TMC wants to contest in the polls in almost every;br/gt;Can some one point out what she has accomplished in Bengal? I am really curious of the good and bad of her Governance in Bengal.
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