SLAMMING THE Centre for demonetisation, the state Congress on Monday said that the Mamata government, if necessary, should take loans and help the common man during this “time of crisis”.
The party on Monday took out a protest march from the Congress office in Bidhan Bhawan to Park Circus in central Kolkata, raising slogans against the Modi government. Effigies of PM Modi and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley were also burnt.
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Speaking to mediapersons, Congress president Adhir Chowdhury said: “The state government should chalk out a contingency plan and come to the aid of the people, especially daily wagers, who have been left without food thanks to the faulty demonetisation policy of the Centre. They should be provided rice, wheat and other essentials at subsidised rates. The state has already borrowed Rs 3.4 lakh crore, and might as well borrow some more to provide the common people with food.”
He added: “There is no consistency in what central leaders say… While the finance minister said things would become fine in two to three weeks, the home minister said it would take one month and the Prime Minister said it would take 50 days. Experts, meanwhile, said the situation would come under control only after seven months.”
Asked about the infant trafficking racket busted in North-24 Parganas and Kolkata recently, Chowdhury demanded a CBI probe under the supervision of a sitting judge. “There should be proper monitoring of private nursing homes in Kolkata. Bengal was on top of the lost when it came to fake currency smuggling and violence against women…Now, it is on its way to become first in smuggling babies as well,” he said.