Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday tried to coax the Opposition parties in the state, including the Congress and the Left, to join her protest against demonetisation of high value currencies.
“This is not the time for petty politics,” she said in the Assembly. “All Opposition parties should get together on this issue. State committees of some of the party at Delhi which are supporting demonetisation have taken a different stand. Let me ask the state unit of BJP if they have been permitted by the Centre to take a different stand here.”
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She came down heavily on the Centre saying that the Prime Minister and the BJP leadership had “selectively leaked” the move on demonetisation. “That is why they used the money to buy large plots of land in different parts of the country. In Bengal too, they had used the old currency notes to buy land just days ahead of the demonetisation was made effective,” she added.
“There should be an investigation headed by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of India,” she said, adding that the state government was against black money but that the people would soon be left with no money at all, be it new or old currencies, due to the demonetisation.
Taking a jibe at PM Narendra Modi’s foreign trips and his appearance in advertisements, she said, “Has any other Prime Minister of the country been featured in an advertisement of a private company? This itself is good enough for his resignation. The new denominations of Rs 500 are not available in Bengal and Uttar Pradesh but are available in Patna. This is how discrimination has been done.”
BJP state leadership said that they had nothing to hide as far as buying land was concerned. “It had been the decision of our central leadership to open about 650 party offices across India. In Bengal, we will be opening 33 party offices for which we have legitimately bought land. We had collected donations, deposited those in the bank and then issued cheques against that. Mamata had been showing property papers at the Assembly of the land purchased. We admit those are papers of plots purchased by us. We challenge her to produce papers of any one of her party offices. It will show who has legitimate property and who hasn’t,” said state BJP president Dilip Ghosh.
Mamata also spoke about the alleged deployment of Army at toll plazas in West Bengal recently and justified having opposed the decision.
“Why will I not oppose such a decision? If the Army comes at the gate of state Assembly, will the MLAs sit back or oppose it? Why should I need to sit back at the secretariat for 30 long hours? There is an attempt to destroy the federal structure and stifle the voice of the opposition,” Mamata said. With PTI