Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s demonetisation announcement did not go down well with opposition parties, and everyone slammed BJP for the hasty decision. Coming down heavily on the PM, Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had previously termed the decision as heartless and draconian. Now, everyone’s aware of the difficulty that the common man has had to face over the past two days, and as angst usually inspires creativity, it seems the ‘people’s leader’ was also moved to vent her frustration as a poem.
Banerjee posted the lengthy 32-line poem on her social media account, lambasting “the ruler” using strong words like “authoritarian”, talking about his rule as a “tyrannical” raj. Written in Bengali, the CM has played with many and hit out at Modi without taking his name.
Mincing no words, she starts with a direct blow at the PM, taunting him about forgotten the duty of a king, the duty as a citizen, the intolerance day and night that plagues the country, the ‘one king’ who considers himself ‘god’, hitting his target with the most poisonous arrow.
She goes on to elaborate who this target is – is it really those who are hoarding black money, on the poor man who now can’t even manage to get a single day’s wages.
Poetically, she uses metaphors such as “Lokkhir jhanpi”, meaning the precious purse of goddess Lakshmi, the lord of wealth, and by his move that purse is now empty. She accuses the ruler of safeguarding the guilty and punishing the poor man.
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) November 12, 2016
Voicing exactly what many have been asking these past few days, she questions the “haste” and how in just “one day” the ruler “turned everyone to a destitute”. She writes: “So fast, in so much haste, Why this unplanned dream? Snatching everything from the common man, You have shattered the hearts of poor.”
She mocks at the decision of offering Rs 2000 in exchange by saying that the ruler has first taken away the right of the people and then have been giving them “alms” from that money?
Someone even attempted to translate the poem in English for better understanding of others.
The chief minister highlights the misery of the daily wagers and the outcry in the markets she asks, “Have you heard that labourers have not received their wages?” With reference of “swetpadma” (white lotus), she also takes a dig at BJP’s symbol. In the end, she warns, “those you have robbed, showing off the white lotus of chastity, be prepared in coming days, to get triple talaq’.
The poem has been shared by many, but not many supported her sentiment. In fact, people have been applauding the PM for taking “bold” decision instead.
— srikant kumar panda (@srikant_panda) November 12, 2016
— Anugrah Bohrey (@anugrahbohrey) November 12, 2016
@MamataOfficial Poor were celebrating when their money was taken away in Sharda Scam?? Keno?
— Zhaleel Olee (@ZhaleelOlee) November 12, 2016
@MamataOfficial Action of Modi is misunderstood. Poor n Housewives money safe only to be replaced. Black Money either surrender or burn.
— Amal Kanti Biswas (@amalbiswas41) November 12, 2016
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