The nation got a jolt out of the blue on November 8, when PM Narendra Modi, in a special address to the nation, announced that the currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 denominations will be discontinued and termed illegal starting midnight.
The news triggered a lot on confusion and uncertainty regarding what to do next across the country. In the social media space, there was an immediate burst of memes and opinions on the government’s strategy. Many lauded the bold move to curb the rampant hoarding of black money, corruption and other illegal activities, including terrorism. Amid the barrage of tweets that flooded the micro-blogging site, one of the tweets that stood out was by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. “WITHDRAW THIS DRACONIAN DECISION”, she tweeted, mincing no words whatsoever.
The all-caps calling-out of the government’s sudden decision was not solitary. Banerjee’s series of previous tweets explain that her concern was for the people in her state, her “poorest brothers sisters” who, she wrote, will struggle to buy their basic necessities and food with their week’s hard-earned Rs 500 note.
Before the tweet that subsequently went viral and elicited a lot of response, she clearly listed her concerns for opposing the decision. One of her previous tweets said — “Heartless and ill- conceived blow on the common people and the middle class in the fake name of anti-corruption.” She also posted, “The PM could not get back the promised black money from abroad from the rich so a drama to divert his failure.”
However, many immediately latched on to the possibility of trolling the CM herself for the tweet. Check out some of the reactions here:
— Anamika (@MiishNottyAna) November 8, 2016
@MamataOfficial lagta hai bahut maal dava hua hai.
— ??????? ?????? (@utkarshmudgal84) November 8, 2016
— Ethos (@devyanidilli) November 8, 2016
— Daljeet Kaur (@DaljeetkKaur) November 8, 2016
@MamataOfficial I am going to draw a cartoon of you crying with all the black money you have collected. I dare you to have it censored.
— Rekha Ramaswamy (@rekharamaswamy) November 8, 2016
— P.K. Mukherjee (@pikudollie) November 8, 2016
— Ashutosh (@muglikar_) November 8, 2016
— Avinash (@avinashk1975) November 8, 2016
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