India Not in Safe Hands Under Modi: Mamata Banerjee

Mamata Banerjee at Jantar Mantar in Delhi on November 23, 2016
Mamata Banerjee at Jantar Mantar in Delhi on November 23, 2016

Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, backed by other Indian political parties such as JD-U, SP, NCP and AAP, Wednesday held a demonstration against demonetization in Delhi and ramped up attack on Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi, alleging the country was not safe in his hands.

Addressing the gathering at Jantar Mantar in India’s capital New Delhi, 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 including farmers, youth, women, labourers and traders, besides halting the country’s economic growth.

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Accusing Modi’s BJP-led dispensation of “looting” the common man, she wondered why those having Swiss bank accounts were “not touched at all”, and warned that people will teach a “good lesson” to the ruling party in the upcoming assembly polls for implementing a “black law”.

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

In his address, JD-U leader Sharad Yadav questioned the legality of the demonetization exercise and challenged the Prime Minister to explain to the Parliament how the decision will benefit the country.

The street protest was also addressed by SP’s Dharmendra Yadav, AAP’s Raghav Chadha and NCP’s Majid Memon.

Referring to Tuesday’s bypoll results, the TMC chief said BJP’s victory margins have come down significantly in Madhya Pradesh and that Modi has left the country in the lurch (Modiji ne desh ka barah baja diya).”

Banerjee said she will continue her fight till woes of the people are not addressed, adding she will also support a country-wide protest called by the opposition parties on November 28 against demonetization.

Photo courtesy: All India Trinamool Congress

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