Mamata Banerjee hits Delhi's streets, gets JD-U, SP and NCP support

The West Bengal chief minister, who was demonstrating against the demonetisation drive, attacked the PM, saying the country is not safe under Narendra Modi, and his govt must go

Mamata Banerjee speaks at the demonstration. Pic/AFP
Mamata Banerjee speaks at the demonstration. Pic/AFP

New Delhi: In a show of strength, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee yesterday rallied four parties behind her with a demonstration against demonetisation and attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying the government must go because the country was not safe in his hands.

Rahul Gandhi
Rahul Gandhi

Flanked by leaders of SP, JD-U, NCP and AAP, Banerjee addressed a gathering at Jantar Mantar where she alleged the BJP dispensation had lost all its “credentials and credibility” because of the currency restrictions.

“This government will have to go...I am sorry to say, the country is not secure under you Modiji. You do things at your whims and fancies,” she said.

Banerjee alleged that abolition of high-value currency notes had heaped pain on people and snatched away democratic rights of almost every section of the society besides halting the country's economic growth.

Accusing the BJP-led dispensation of “looting” the common man, she wondered why those having Swiss bank accounts were “not touched at all”.

“I can challenge that no one will vote for BJP. If I were you (PM), I would have apologised to the public. Why you are so egoistic? You have branded everyone in the country a black marketeer and have yourself turned into a saint ,” she said.

Hitting out at Modi, she wondered whether the government led by him has become more arrogant than even Hitler, asking why it did not hold consultations before enacting the measure.

'Demonetisation a scam'
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi called the demonetisation a scam as opposition MPs staged a protest outside Parliament over the issue. Gandhi also said the opposition wanted a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) to probe the issue. “We feel this decision is a scam. The Prime Minister had informed his close friends about this before the announcement. We want a JPC to probe this," Gandhi said.

LS proceedings washed out
The Lok Sabha witnessed a virtual washout for the fifth consecutive day yesterday as government and opposition parties continued to clash over demonetisation and the rule under which a debate should take place on it, with the former ruling out any provision of voting in the discussion.

Minister pulled up in RS
An angry Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman P J Kurien yesterday pulled up Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi after the ruling side created uproar.

Kurien also grilled Congress leader Anand Sharma after he made an attempt to raise a Point of Order, which was rejected as the Chair was not convinced with the argument. Kurien later adjourned the House for the day.

Jan Dhan account deposits swell
New Delhi: Jan Dhan Accounts have seen a huge surge in deposits, with Rs 21,000 crore being parked in such accounts following demonetisation announced earlier this month.

Rs 34.4 lakh seized
Ahmedabad: New and defunct currency notes of Rs 34.4 lakh and a gold biscuit have been seized in Ahmedabad and Jamnagar of Gujarat and four persons detained in this connection, the police said.

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