Demonetisation: Mamata Banerjee calls Rahul Gandhi, Sitaram Yechury for united fight

She suggested that all opposition parties should jointly meet President Pranab Mukherjee and seek his intervention.

Written by Manoj C G , Aniruddha Ghosal | New Delhi | Updated: November 14, 2016 2:32 pm
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WEST BENGAL Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday spoke to Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury and a host of other opposition leaders and mooted the idea of a united fight against the demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes.

The Congress leadership too reached out to several parties and sources said leaders of several parties will meet on Monday to chalk out a joint strategy ahead of the winter session of Parliament, which begins on November 16.

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Sources in the Congress said the Trinamool Congress chief called Rahul and told him that the “people are facing a lot of trouble and we should jointly fight and protest”. She suggested that all opposition parties should jointly meet President Pranab Mukherjee and seek his intervention.

Yechury, who is in Tamil Nadu, told The Indian Express over phone that he too got a call from Mamata. “I told her that we are already protesting against it. We are already fighting in various places. I also told her that I will consult my colleagues, including those from Bengal, and will take a decision on Monday,” he said.

The Congress as well as several parties such as the CPM, CPI, SP and BSP have targeted the government, accusing it of taking the decision in haste and without proper planning and caution.

Sources in the CPM and other Left parties, however, ruled out a joint protest with the Trinamool Congress. But they were agreeable to floor coordination in Parliament. Almost all these parties have given notices in both houses of Parliament, seeking suspension of business to discuss hardships faced by the people due to the sudden withdrawal of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes, restrictions on withdrawal from banks and lack of cash in ATMs.

After speaking to Mamata, sources said, Rahul held a meeting with Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, Congress leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and deputy leader Anand Sharma. It was decided that the Congress should take the initiative to convene a meeting of opposition leaders and sources said leaders of various political parties could have a meeting on Monday.

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Mamata tweeted: “This is not an ego battle. I humbly appeal again to the government at the Centre. Save the common people from more suffering and the country from financial catastrophe by withdrawing this hasty decision. First please put a proper action plan in place, breathing space for people. Today I spoke with several political leaders regarding a joint movement and to meet Rashtrapati together. Let us all fight this together to give relief to common citizens, the poor and stop this financial anarchy.”

She said she spoke to the President. “…I briefed him about how common people are suffering because of demonetisation,” she tweeted. “I thank him for agreeing to meet representatives of political parties on Nov 16 or 17 where we will brief him in detail on the grim situation.”

Yechury said the demonetisation decision should be kept in abeyance till sufficient money is made available and ATMs are reconfigured to dispense the new Rs 2,000 and Rs 500 notes.

The Congress, meanwhile, hit out at Prime Minister Modi for his remarks that those who had indulged in scams are standing in queues to take out Rs 4,000 saying he has insulted the poor who have been standing in queues for the past three days. Senior Congress leader Anand Sharma also took a dig at him for saying that he had left his home and family for the country. With inputs from ENS, Kolkata

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    Chander Pal
    Nov 14, 2016 at 12:15 am
    Her pain is visible. Let her form a union of persons (can't call them leaders) like A K, RaGa, sharad, Lalu, Mulayam oh I forgot K..nidhi. Their demand exchange be allowed not in units but sackfulls.
    1. M
      Nov 14, 2016 at 9:30 am
      This lady behaving like rabie attacked ...
      1. A
        Nov 14, 2016 at 12:15 pm
        what can be expected from a lady who openly said no one can touch illegal bangladeshi immigrants under her rule.... Heavily surprised how is she even tolerated by WB people? or do anti-national elements has taken over as majority in WB..!lt;br/gt;In fact I fear these thugs will actually be able to fool public and can capitalize on some hardships caused to public because of these move. (example bihar elections, how can lalu win so many seats??) They will pick up few rare incidents of failures and make voice about it to misguide people and we've more than enough fools to believe themlt;br/gt;This move while will provide lot of help but can't work as magic wand to curb black money to nil. Intelligent indians will still figure out ways run parallel economy (may be on smaller scale compared to earlier)lt;br/gt;It requires lot of far sight to understand benefits of this move and average indian if vulnerable to false propaa... lt;br/gt; Hope these anti-national bunch of mamta/kejri/Yechuri(I hate him most)/rahul/lalu are proved over-confident and smacked down on their face
        1. V
          Nov 14, 2016 at 5:49 am
          This drama by Mamta and her cohorts would the best thing that happened to BJP. Their treatment of indian potion as s is going to back fire on them. They are going implode at the next election because the common man is marking and comparing the words and deeds of these people against that of the government and will make up their;br/gt;Apart from the economical change the social changes that will be brought about by this step,creating a level playing field, will, I feel, be more telling in our life.
          1. V
            Nov 14, 2016 at 5:38 am
            This is a great opportunity for the students of hypocrisy and duplicitous behaviour to witness very learned pracioners of the same plying their skill.Driven on by the panic of seeing 70 years worth of unaccounted cash go up in smoke they seems to have lost their wits and are seeking moral supports from fellow thieves to salvage the situation they are finding themselves in.As they cannot attack the government for killing all their black money, they are shooting the government over the shoulders of the common man,citing the real imaginary misery casued by the government, amplified to 100;br/gt;Has any one in this country,In the last 70 years , heard or seen a movement like this by our politicians ostensibly to save the the common man from any kind of hardship?lt;br/gt;In the last 4 years we have had our share of natural calamities and man made incidents like heavy pollution.People have been put under great stress. As we speak, the people of Delhi cannot breath, have any of of our noisy politicians have got organised to alleviate their conditions. Where were the bleeding hearts? now they are organising to unsheath their swords at Modi in the name of the citizens who are undergoing a transient hardship of cash crunch.Mind you the victims do understand that these measure could not have been effected in full secrecy by implementing these steps in any other way with out alerting the the villains.So they are willing to suffer some pain for a much larger;br/gt;The announcement by Mr.Modi on the 8th of this month was like a torpedo strike,which saw the bad men and women of Indian politics sink with their ships like the famous Silas the Marinor. I am sure they would have heard the toll of the same bell marking the end their good times on their way down to the abyss.Nothing can save them now.
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