Protesting against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to demonetise Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes, members of the Socialist Unity Centre of India (Communist) or SUCI (C) hit the streets on Monday.
This is the first that a political party has taken its protest against the issue out on the streets.
The rally started at College Square and culminated at Y Channel in Esplanade. Calling Modi’s decision an ‘anti-people policy’, the party’s state secretary Soumen Basu said, “The Centre should have taken proper steps before the decision of demonetisation was taken. Common people have been greatly inconvenienced. It is unfortunate to see that patients whose family members could not get change to pay at hospitals, died.”
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The protest ended with SUCI (C) members burning an effigy of Modi.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has voiced strong opinions against the NDA government over demonetisation. Asked if they intended to launch a joint movement with the Trinamool Congress against the Centre on the issue, Basu said, “Mamata should call an all-party meeting to discuss the issue at hand. If she invites us to the meeting, we will surely participate for a dialogue on what the strategy should be.”