The Trinamool Congress has found a novel way of protesting against demonetisation and condoling the death of people following this move. Party leaders from the Rajarhat-Gopalpur assembly constituency, on the fringes of the city, are organising a two-day football tournament starting from Saturday to remember the ‘citizens who died following demonetisation’.
“Around 105 people died across the country following demonetisation. We want to protest against this drive and remember the people who died. We are protesting by organising a football tournament,” said Dola Sen, Rajya Sabha MP and the state president of Indian National Trinamool Trade Union Congress (INTTUC).
Agriculture minister and local MLA Purnendu Bose is also an organiser and patron of this tournament along with Sen.
“A few days back, we organised another football tournament — on a small scale — with the same goal. As it generated an immense craze, we decided to organise another on a much bigger scale. We believe it is a unique way to protest,” added Sen.
Incidentally, Mamata Banerjee was the first leader to raise her voice against demonetisation through tweets and then by calling up Opposition leaders. After scathing words and a poem, the Bengal chief minister met President Pranab Mukherjee and informed him about the cash crisis.
In fact, Mamata, along with a few other national level politicians, held two rallies in Delhi — one in a market and the other at Jantar Mantar.
The organisers of this tournament have already covered all the lanes and bylanes of the assembly constituency with placards that read, “Inspired by chief minister Mamata Banerjee, a two-day football tournament will be held to remember the citizens who died as a result of life taking demonetisation”. The placards also have three photographs of persons who the party claims died following demonetisation.