Decision to abolish Rs 500, 1000 notes ‘Heartless’ and ‘draconian’: Mamata Banerjee

Banerjee said that it would cause serious financial problems for the common man.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 8, 2016 11:58 pm
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Calling it ‘draconian’ West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday said that Modi government’s decision to abolish Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes will be a huge blow to the Indian middle class. “Heartless and ill-conceived blow to the common people and the middle class in the fake name of anti-corruption. Withdraw this draconian decision,” Mamata Banerjee was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

She also said that the decision while tackling the issue of black money and corruption it would cause serious financial problems for the common man. “While I am strongly against black money and corruption, I am deeply concerned about common people and small traders. How will they buy essentials tomorrow? This is a financial chaos and disaster let loose on the common people of India,” the chief minister said.

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She also said that the decision taken by PM Modi was a diversion from the initial promise made on retrieving black money from overseas accounts. “The PM could not get back the promised black money from abroad from the rich so a drama like this to divert his failure,” she added.

Also Read: Rs 500, Rs 1,000 notes declared illegal: Here is how politicians reacted

In a move that has rattled the nation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday abolished Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes effective midnight. The move, aimed at tackling fake notes and the black money economy, is expected to have a huge impact on the economy, equivalent to a substantial withdrawal of money or a significant hike in the interest rates. He expressed confidence that the staff of banks and post offices will rise to the occasion to introduce the new order within the available time. The Indian government had done something similar in 1978 when it demonetised Rs 1,000, Rs 5,000 and Rs 10,000 notes.

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    gagan gupta
    Nov 9, 2016 at 5:20 am
    Jo jitna chipaya hua hai woh utna hi chillaya hua hai ..............RIP corruptionist
  2. A
    Nov 8, 2016 at 6:57 pm
    Politicians have huge amount of black money. Didi is worried for them. Modi should have given them chance to re-route their money.
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      Anand Sudan
      Nov 8, 2016 at 7:17 pm
      Only anti nationals who want to see that stan made notes are in circulation will oppose the move. The entire nation and the entire people of this country is behind ModiPM
      1. A
        Nov 9, 2016 at 8:16 am
        Modi shud have understand at least mamta's problem.... with this ban.. how will she pay Jamaat e islamia now?.... it is darconian...
      2. A
        Nov 8, 2016 at 8:06 pm
        She is screaming because it will affect her illegal Bangladeshi immigrants business ( her pet voters )
        1. G
          Nov 8, 2016 at 10:08 pm
          Every corner of earth, all the experts hailing NaMo's financial surgical strike. Does Mamta, Kejari, and Yechuri have black money stored some where? Why these s are unhappy when every Indian who does not have black money is celebrating this news as Diwali all over again.
          1. A
            Nov 8, 2016 at 10:36 pm
            Like Arvind Kewjriwal, Mamata shouts at Narendra Modi occasionally. Her main aim is remain in power and come to power in future with help of poverty of people and their illiteracy.She is much worried about Modi's rise in India and world.As usual she wants to say something to gain cheap pority.She wants to take side of those who have black Money.Didi, for god sake try to think of our bad economy and increasing black money.Be sensible and not get outburst with good move of NaMo.
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              Nov 8, 2016 at 9:51 pm
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