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Mamata chalks out plan to counter Centre’s demonetisation move

black money crackdown Updated: Nov 21, 2016 20:18 IST
Saubhadra Chatterji

Chief minister Mamata Banerjee addresses a press conference in Kolkata on Monday.(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT PHOTO)

West Bengal chief minister and Trinamool Congress boss Mamata Banerjee has drawn her pan-India plan to protest against the Narendra Modi government’s demonetisation scheme.

She will sit on a dharna at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Wednesday. Plans are afoot to get other parties join her rally. “This is a national issue. Everybody is welcome to join our protest,” said Trinamool’s national spokesperson Derek o’Brien.

She will go to Lucknow on 29 November and Patna on December 1.

As the Centre’s demonetisation move continues to hurt the common man, Banerjee finds an opportunity to emerge as the most vocal critic of the notes ban and raise her national stature.

After knocking on President Pranab Mukherjee’s door, Banerjee, along with her Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal, had set a deadline for the government to roll back the move.

She came in for some sharpshooting from Prime Minister Modi on Sunday.

“I know who all are protesting against me. The whole country knows who were involved in chit fund. Many people invested but because of the blessings of politicians their money vanished. And they are asking questions to me,” the PM said at a rally in Agra.

His remarks were interpreted as a veiled reference to the Rs 2,500-crore Sharada chit fund scam in which several leaders of the state’s ruling Trinamool Congress got embroiled.

In her riposte, the feisty West Bengal chief minister tweeted: “Pradhan Mantriji, you are equating corruption with anyone who opposes your policy. Are you the only magician?”