Mamata Banerjee to announce her next move on demonetisation on Monday

The Chief Minister accused the Centre of making "discrimination" against the state by not circulating the new Rs 500 notes here.

By: PTI | Kolkata | Published: November 19, 2016 9:19 pm
demonetisation, mamata banerjee, note demonetisation, rs 500, balck money, economic crisis, latest news, indian express, india news Mamata Banerjee addresses a mass rally against demonetisation of currency notes, at Azadpur Mandi in New Delhi on Thursday (PTI Photo by Shahbaz Khan)

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday said that she would announce her next course of action against the Modi government’s demonetisation move on Monday even as accused the Centre of pursuing a “dicriminatory” policy against her state by not circulating new Rs 500 notes.

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“I will discuss the matter with other political parties and on Monday I will announce my programme. It is a constitutional breakdown and financial emergency in the country”, the TMC supremo said.

“Let them arrest us. We will fight the battle on the street. I don’t want any election politics now. I want to save the people”, she said.

Banerjee along with her Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal had demonstrated in front of RBI office in New Delhi on Thursday last and set a deadline of three days to the Modi government to roll back the demonetisation decision.

The TMC supremo who visited the RBI office here said that all (opposition) parties should work together to save the people who were passing through “immense hardship” due to the Centre’s decision to scrap Rs 1000 and Rs 500 notes.

She also 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 harrassment. 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 the RBI Regional Director.

The Chief Minister accused the Centre of making “discrimination” against the state by not circulating the new Rs 500 notes here.

“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.

She claimed that three persons have died in the state because of the demonetisation. Meanwhile, TMC Vice-President Mukul Roy said that the party would hit the streets on the demonetisation issue from November 23 when a procession would be taken out from College square to Dorina crossing in the metropolis.

Similar procession would be taken out in all the districts on November 24 and in the blocks on the following day, he said.

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    Babu dayanand
    Nov 19, 2016 at 4:31 pm
    She cannot feed her giondas with black money stored anymore. She can't help fake currency printers in malda anymore. See how desperate she is getting. This is a national issue. Ask her to remain in wB only.
    1. Dharamvir Saihgal
      Nov 19, 2016 at 11:43 pm
      She is trying to be over smart .Nobody has approached her to save them from the after effects of the demonetisation.She must be thinking that she is going to earn political name and fame by throwing her hat into the ring. Anyway we are amused by such people,who happen to be nothing more than street jugglers and wish we could teach them a bit of ethics,modesty and decency.
      1. JAYA NAIR
        Nov 19, 2016 at 4:04 pm
        This lady became frustrated more. Surely she is worried about her black money. The people of our nation already supported with the central government for black money to destroy. To hide her black money this stupid and fraud lady giving excuse of public suffering method. But her this stupid trick is not going to success, and the people of Bengal will teach her lesson later on.
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          s ramji
          Nov 19, 2016 at 4:09 pm
          what is point in organising MARCH in kolkatta - it should be organised in Delhi along with other parties