WHILE CHIEF Minister Mamata Banerjee protests against demonetisation in Lucknow and Patna next week, Trinamool Congress will continue to take up the cause of the “most vulnerable workers” of the tea, jute and bidi industries in the state.
The protests will culminate in Trinamool’s commemoration of the Babri Masjid demolition as ‘Sanhati Divas’ in Kolkata on December 6, which party leaders said, will see the entry of “larger issues like secularism and federalism” to the rubric of the CM’s anti-demonetisation campaign.
Mamata had made her intentions of taking her campaign nationwide, while speaking alongside Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in the national capital. On Friday, Trinamool had announced that Mamata will hold a protest in Lucknow on November 29 and in Patna on November 30 to demand a rollback of the demonetisation move. Later, Mamata reportedly also plans to her campaign to Jammu and Kashmir and Gujarat.
Back in Kolkata, Mamata on Saturday held a meeting with the party’s core committee, as she charted out her future plan of action. A senior leader said: “We will continue to oppose demonetisation on the ground and in Parliament. The idea is to not just bring out the hypocrisies of the Modi government but also to show how in seemingly benign way, the Centre is attempting to disturb the peaceful, secular and federal nature of the country.”
Continuing her tirade against Prime Minister Narendra Modi on demonetisation, Mamata on Saturday reportedly said she would fight till the end against the “anti-people” decision, which has imposed an “undeclared financial emergency”. At the closed door meeting, Mamata went hammer and tongs against the Modi government and BJP. “Mamata Banerjee said she will fight till the end against the anti-people decision, which has imposed an undeclared financial emergency in the country. Never before the country has faced such a situation. The step has been taken to help a handful siphon off their black money at the cost of sufferings of the common man,” a senior leader said quoting Mamata.
After the meeting, Trinamool general secretary Subrata Bakshi announced a series of party programmes from November 28 to December 2 against demonetisation. The protests will begin with a march from in Kolkata on Monday, led by Mamata. Later on tea garden workers will protest outside their work place and bidi workers at Dhuliyan in Murshidabad. Protests will also be held on December 2 outside banks and by jute mill workers at Jangipur in Murshidabad. The protests will culminate on December 6.