Demonetisation: Ready to work with CPM to save country, says Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee welcomed the stand taken by Opposition parties, including Congress, AAP, BSP and SP against the demonetisation.

Written by Aniruddha Ghosal | Kolkata | Updated: November 13, 2016 8:32 am
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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee upped her criticism of the BJP-led government on the issue of demonetisation of Rs 1, 000 and Rs 500 denominations and urged all political parties, including her arch rivals the CPI-M – to “unite” against the Centre’s “anti poor” policy.

While speaking in Kolkata, Banerjee said that the government had taken the move without proper planning and was dangerous. “For the betterment of the people and the country I appeal to all the Opposition parties to come together. If needed we will work together with the CPI(M) with whom we have basic differences and ideological issues,” she said at a press conference at the State Secretariat.

Banerjee’s entire political career has, in the past, been based on the opposition of the Left, which had been in power for over three decades until she took charge in 2011. This is the first time that she has stated clearly her willingness to work with the CPI(M). Left leaders, meanwhile, refused to comment on the issue.

Previously Banerjee had moved from one ATM in the city to another, walking furiously and asking people about the problems they were facing. She urged people, standing in queues, to be patient and had promised them that she would protest the issue. “I personally visited several banks today to listen to tales of hardship of common people. More than two lakh ATMs are closed, money is not available; people are facing lot of problems,” said Banerjee.

Banerjee went on to say that the Modi government had no “moral right” to continue in power and branded the move as “anti people, anti poor”, “black decision” of a “black government”. “Only 1 % people hold black money; why are the other 99% being harassed for this,” said Banerjee adding that it is a betrayal with people.

She went on to attack PM Narendra Modi, after his remarks of further action following December, from Japan. She asked whether Modi was threatening the imposition of an emergency or using the Army against opposition parties. “Ro raha hai Hindustan, Aap Gaya Japan” (The whole country is crying while you are in Japan),” she said targeting the PM.

In reference to CPM’s allegation that the BJP’s state unit knew about the government’s decision as it deposited Rs 1 crore at a nationalised bank here (all in Rs 1000 and Rs 500 notes) on November 8, just hours before Modi’s announcement, Banerjee said, “A sudden midnight decision was taken. But few people in the ruling party knew about it.”

Banerjee welcomed the stand taken by Opposition parties, including Congress, AAP, BSP and SP against the demonetisation. Earlier in the day, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal alleged the ruling BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi alerted their ‘friends’ before announcing the move to demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes. Calling it a ‘big scam’ in the name of fight against black money, Kejriwal said the government’s intention is wrong. He said there have been big bank deposits in the last quarter and that these depositors were warned by the government before the demonetisation move.

TMC has given notice in the Rajya Sabha for a discussion on the demonetisation issue on November 16, the opening day of winter session in the Parliament. TMC leader in Lok Sabha Sudip Bandopadhyay has said the party would bring an adjournment motion in the house on the same day.

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    A Bharadwaj
    Nov 12, 2016 at 4:36 pm
    A fundamental and utmost urgent task the PM hasn't attended to.... taking this fool and other arm chair sympathizers of the poor into judicial custody for some "discussions"
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      A Bharadwaj
      Nov 12, 2016 at 4:38 pm
      Maybe a case of serious envy and crab mentality..... Indian crabs if one goes by the legend
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        Prof. Shanku
        Nov 12, 2016 at 7:28 pm
        What is there so much against corruption drive?? Vested interest? The w state is reeling under joblessness. Doing something positive for the state, rather than wasting energy on the agitating against reforms..
        1. R
          Nov 12, 2016 at 5:58 pm
          Guys this demonetisation is like exam after that life is beautiful .... They(against govt move) r talking about today and tomorrow means short term problem. ... They r not talking about black money .......u ll face this shortage of money fr few days..I don't understand that they r saying that this s against poor people.. But govt banned rs 500 and 1000 notes .. but govt allowed to exchange that 500 and 1000rs money till dec30... Then hw this move became against poor people... This move is tough for people who deposit more than 250000 ,if he or she has more than 250000 then hw he or she become poor...
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            Hell boy
            Nov 13, 2016 at 2:38 pm
            We are not crying cm mamta banerjee...... Minister with black money are crying.... Its true we a happy.... About pm decision
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              Tamil Selvam
              Nov 12, 2016 at 10:02 pm
              How ungrateful Indian are, here is excellent way of getting rid of black money and corruption all people are doing is complain, as if the law does not apply to;br/gt;All the people who complain have the most to hide and lose out since they must be having lots of black;br/gt;If they really wanted the poor they would help with quick transition into new currency.
              1. A
                Nov 12, 2016 at 3:06 pm
                Foolish women like Mayawati. No one can tolerate her for 5 minutes except the Bengaliz
                1. A
                  Nov 12, 2016 at 3:11 pm
                  She is already working for the ISI and Jamaat-e-Islami. Her party and CPI are two sides of the same coin. West Bengal is such a pathetic and perpetually backward state because of such two-faced politicians who swaer by the poor to get their votes but secretly work with the corrupt business cl.
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