West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee sharply criticised the Prime Minister’s 26th Mann Ki Baat aired on Sunday. CM Mamata Banerjee tweeted: “Maan Ki Baat has now become Modi Ki Baat. Misusing government machinery. Instead of finding solutions to the suffering and pain of millions of people he is doing personal vendetta, personal publicity and business. (sic)”
Mamata also warned that the women of the country would give him a befitting reply. “They are the mother of India. They are the mother of all, Mr Today’s PM”.
The chief minister went on to tweet, “Modiji, you have finished India’s economy and growth…We don’t trust you or your mismatched wrong technology which you are advertising for…We want technology and progress. But no section of society is to be left out and tortured while doing this.”
“The PM is asking for 50 days. People who have a hand to mouth situation don’t have five days. Shows he is completely disconnected from the reality,” said Derek O’ Brien, TMC Rajya Sabha MP and party spokesperson.
CPM state secretary Surjyakanta Mishra said this attempt of the Centre to make the nation cashless would fail. “It has not been possible in a nation like America, and it will not be possible in India as well where all the cashless transactions through debit and credit cards, online and through smartphone applications add up to 8 per cent of the total transactions whereas 92 per cent takes place in cash. He clearly intends not to let people withdraw their money even if those are transferred into their bank accounts,” he said.
State Congress president Adhir Chowdhury said a cashless society was a “utopian idea” of the Prime Minister. “Of course we need to go cashless but at the moment we don’t have the culture and institutions required. Around 70 per cent of our population live in villages, and about 45 per cent have no bank accounts,” Chowdhury said.