Mamata Banerjee to Lead Anti-Demonetization Protest in Delhi

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

Trinamool Congress leader and Bengal Chief Minister (CM) Mamata Banerjee will visit Delhi today (December 26) to continue the anti-demonetization protests.

According to an official statement, she is scheduled to meet President of India Pranab Mukherjee to discuss issues related to Bengal.

Mamata Banerjee had announced a state-wide campaign Modi Hatao Desh Bachao last week while addressing the media in Kolkata. The eight-day campaign will begin from January 1, coinciding with the foundation day of the Trinamool Congress, and will continue for over a week.

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The Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi had demonetized currency notes of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 on November 8, saying that the step has been taken to check corruption and stop the flow of black money.

Common people and opposition parties in India are up in arms against the government because the decision to stop the circulation of currency is causing severe hardships to commoners.

This war-like situation is causing deaths of innocent people who keep standing in queues even in harsh weather with the hope to get their old currency exchanged from banks.

Mamata Banerjee has been opposing Indian government’s demonetization move and demanding its rollback since the beginning and held protest dharna in Delhi besides holding protest meetings in Lucknow and Patna last month.

Photo courtesy: All India Trinamool Congress

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