Mamata leads protest against demonetisation

Mamata Banerjee said the situation arising out of demonitisation has triggered a sort of constitutional crisis and our party will move adjournment motion in Lok Sabha.

By Author  |  Published: 16th Nov 2016  6:30 pmUpdated: 16th Nov 2016  6:51 pm
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New Delhi : TMC Supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Bannerjee along with her MPs, National Conference leader Omar Abdullah, and other MPs coming out after meeting with President Pranab Mukherjee over demonetisation issue at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Wednesday. Photo: PTI.

New Delhi: Seeking immediate withdrawal of demonetisation exercise, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday met President Pranab Mukherjee along with leaders of National Conference, AAP and NDA ally Shiv Sena and submitted a memorandum voicing serious concern over the crisis arising out of ban on Rs 1000 and Rs 500 currency notes.

Banerjee led a march to Rashtrapati Bhavan from Parliament alongwith TMC MPs, AAP MP Bhagwant Mann, Shiv Sena MP Harshul, NC leader and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah among others.

“We had a successful meeting with the President during which we discussed the issue. And the President said he would look into the matter,” she said, after emerging out of the Rashtrapati Bhawan.

She said the situation arising out of demonitisation has triggered a sort of constitutional crisis.
Speaking about her next move on the issue, she said “Our party will move adjournment motion in Lok Sabha”.

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New Delhi : President Pranab Mukherjee receives a memorandum from West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Bannerjee, AAP leader Bhagwant Mann, National Conference leader Omar Abdullah and a delegation of MPs over demonetisation issue, at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Wednesday. Photo: PTI.

Expressing concern over the problems being faced by the people after the demonetisation move, she said “We have requested the President to speak to the government and decide on this and bring back normalcy in the country. President was once the Finance Minister and knows country’s situation better than anyone else, he will take appropriate action.” Leaders of the other opposition parties including Congress, Left parties, SP and BSP did not took part in the protest march.

Describing as “dictatorial and draconian step” the government’s demonetisation move, the memorandum has sought its immediate suspension.

“Stop harassment of the common people by lifting of all sorts of restrictions recently thrust upon them,” the five-page memorandum said, and added “ensure that supply of essential commodities in adequate quantities be restored in the markets forthwith.”

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New Delhi : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Bannerjee speaks as a delegation of MPs meeting President Pranab Mukherjee over demonetisation issue, at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Wednesday. Photo: PTI.

Before beginning the march from Parliament, Mamata said “The march is to save common people from disaster.” Mann said the ban has affected the normal functioning of the household as there is no money available.

However, the Shiv Sena differed on the issue and insisted the government to extend the deadline of accepting the old currency notes.

“We welcome the demonetisation move. But we are against the inconvenience caused to people due to it. We have not signed the memorandum (that will be presented to the President Pranab Mukherjee).

“We are going to submit a separate memorandum seeking redressal of the inconvenience caused to people. We also want the period to be extended,” said Gajanan Kirtikar of Shiv Sena who took part in the march.