EVEN AS West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee demanded Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s resignation if the cash crisis does not ease after the 50-day deadline set by him, a demand which Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi half-heartedly endorsed, the Left parties on Tuesday said they do not agree with the demand for resignation.
Left leaders also told The Indian Express that they were neither consulted nor informed by the Congress about any plan to draw up a common minimum agenda for a joint opposition campaign against demonetisation, and the corruption charges against Modi.
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Mamata and Rahul said at Tuesday’s press conference that a common minimum programme is in the works.
Asked about the demand for the Prime Minister’s resignation, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury told The Indian Express: “Our position is that the Prime Minister had said that problems will be solved in 50 days. But far from being solved, problems have been compounded (now). And the misery of people has only worsened all across. He (Modi) has threatened that after 50 days are over, he is going to announce more measures.
“We will wait to see what these measures are. The 50-day deadline is an utter failure…. We will see what he is going to announce. If there is no relief for the people, we will move towards a big people’s action.”
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Yechury said the Congress has not consulted the CPI(M) on putting together a common minimum agenda.
Senior CPI leader D Raja also said his party has not been informed about any common minimum agenda. “There was no prior consultation on the agenda of today’s meeting also,” he said. “In future also, there should be consultations. Common minimum programme cannot be one issue alone. There are several issues.”
Emphasising that the situation created by demonetisation has “in fact worsened”, Raja said, “Prime Minister Modi must take the responsibility. Now they are talking about an ordinance to legalise note ban, which means what the government had been doing (until now) did not have the backing of law. This is what we have been saying all along — (that) the government did take some kind of manipulative route. (But) it cannot take the Constitution for granted…. Modi should own up responsibility and answer the nation.”