CHIEF MINISTER Mamata Banerjee on Monday threatened to demonstrate outside Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s residence in New Delhi against demonetisation, vowing to dislodge him from “Indian politics” if the scrapping of high-value currency notes is not withdrawn.
“I am taking a pledge today… I might live or die, but I will remove Modi from Indian politics. Dictators like him have no place in Indian politics. Next time, my protest in Delhi will not be at Jantar Mantar, but in front of the Prime Minister’s residence,” she said after her protest march from College Square to Esplanade in Kolkata. Last week, she had held a sit-in demonstration at Jantar Mantar against demonetisation.
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“The entire country is suffering. There is no money in banks, ATMs. So far, 80 people have died due to the hardships caused by demonetisation. But Narendra Modi is having a sound sleep and giving lectures on taking the country towards cashless economy… Most of the people in rural areas do not have bank accounts. How will they cope with this situation?” she added.
Continuing her tirade against Modi, Mamata said she would fight till the end against the “anti-people” decision, which has imposed an “undeclared financial emergency” in the country.
“I will not stop until and unless this decision is rolled back. I had also given solutions on how to cope with this situation. But they (Centre) did not accept it. Modi has been sending central agencies after everyone who raised voice against his dictatorship… But he can’t muzzle my voice… If I have to, I will fight alone.
“When I had started the Singur movement, people had predicted doom, but eventually it bore fruit. This time too, I will fight for the rights of the common people,” she added while raising slogans like ‘Modi Sarkar Hai Hai’ and ‘Tanashahi Nahi Chalegi’.
Alleging that Modi has been acting like God, Mamata said: “Modiji suddenly announced the decision like he was a God… It’s a decision fit for the Mohammed Bin Tughlaq regime. Even Hitler has not taken such a decision. Markets, cinema, theatres… everything has been affected, but he seems unperturbed.”
“The Prime Minister is threatening other parties who are raising their voice on demonetisation. What more can you do apart from throwing us in jails. There should be a plan of action on demonetisation. What will people eat if they don’t have money? Will they eat debit cards or mobiles?” she added.
Referring to Narendra Modi’s Mann ki Baat address on Sunday where he spoke of a cashless economy, the chief minister said: “You are a faceless leader, who has implemented a baseless decision.”
Mamata, who had staged a dharna in Delhi on November 23 and met President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday on the demonitisation issue, is scheduled to address a meeting in Lucknow on November 29 and in Patna the next day.
“Although I don’t have enough strength in Lucknow, I believe common people are with me,” Mamata, who is at the forefront of the Opposition’s attack against the Modi government on the issue, said.
Mamata also advised the Left parties, who have called a 12-hour statewide strike on the issue on Monday, to refrain from calling bandhs as it creates an adverse impact on the economy. “Why are you calling strikes? If you want to protest, why don’t you hit the streets and give slogans against the Modi government? Strikes and bandhs don’t serve any purpose,” she said.