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How CPI-M, Cong nixed Mamata’s plan to lead Oppn charge against demonetisation

When Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee announced she would go and meet the President, her arch rival, the CPI(M), was in a fix.

india Updated: Nov 16, 2016 11:55 IST
Saubhadra Chatterji
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee(PTI Photo)

When Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee announced she would go and meet the President, her arch rival, the CPI(M), was in a fix.

Banerjee called Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, who was travelling in Uttar Pradesh, to seek his support just as she dialed CPI(M) boss Sitaram Yechury in Tamil Nadu.

While it seemed that Banerjee had the first-mover’s advantage and her idea was gaining ground, the CPI(M) latched on one of her tweets to take the wind out of Trinamool’s sails.

As Banerjee demanded a rollback of the decision to demonetise high-value bank notes, Yechury spoke to Congress leaders such as Ghulam Nabi Azad and Anand Sharma.

He convinced them that no party can join the demand to rollback the decision because it would look as if the parties have something to hide.

If any party demands a rollback, it would not go down well in public perception, he argued.

The Congress, on the other hand, wanted to lead any onslaught against the BJP-led NDA government over demonetisation as it is the largest opposition party.

Yechury did not skip a meeting of the Opposition where the Trinamool was also present. The Congress and the Left allowed Janata Dal (United) leader Sharad Yadav to state that going to President at the beginning of the session is not a good idea.

“If there is a wrong judgment in the lower court, one goes to the High Court. No one goes straight to the Supreme Court. President’s House is like the Supreme Court. We should first corner the government in Parliament,” Yechury argued.

An undaunted Trinamool Congress will nevertheless march to Rashtrapati Bhavan on Wednesday. But what initially looked like a grand march of Opposition unity may finally result in a protest of limited consequence.