Demonetisation was India's biggest scam, says Mamata
Kolkata: Terming demonetisation move the country's "biggest scam", Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday said the Trinamool Congress will observe a 'Black Day' on November 8.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had scrapped Rs 500 and 1,000 currency notes on November 8, 2016. The Trinamool Congress chief also reiterated her demand for a probe into the currency exercise.
"Demonetisation is the biggest scam in the country. There should be an investigation to know why it was done. Our party leaders will observe Kala Divas (Black Day) in each and every block between 2 pm and 3 pm on 8 November," Banerjee announced.
"Come up with short and crisp slogans protesting against demonetisation," she told her party leaders.
The Chief Minister claimed that her apprehensions about demonetisation had come true within the first few hours of the announcement and later similar thoughts were echoed by several eminent economists.
Urging her party colleagues to take up the challenge of ousting the BJP from power at the Centre during the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, she said: "We do not want to capture power in Delhi but we will have to play an important role in toppling the BJP from the Centre. In the Ramayana, a squirrel had played a very important role in erecting the bridge over the sea for Ram to cross over to Lanka. Let Bengal be the squirrel and provide oxygen to parties opposing the BJP," Banerjee said addressing the extended core committee meeting of the TMC.
Without taking name, the Trinamool supremo was sarcastic in her criticism of the Prime Minister.
"When he addresses people as 'mitron' (friends) or 'bhaiyon' (brothers), people of this country get apprehensive. This is what we have got a year after the demonetisation drive was imposed on us. Other than the BJP, who has gained from notebandi? No one," she stated.
The Chief Minister further added: "There will be rallies in all Blocks across the districts and also in the city where our party workers will sport black flags and shout slogans highlighting notebandi as the biggest scam. All Opposition parties have decided to protest against notebandi on that day and we will extend our support to them."
Partha Chatterjee and Subrata Bakshi will lead the rally in South Kolkata while MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay will lead in North Kolkata.
She maintained that the BJP is bribing people in Gujarat and they are doing it all over the country. "They are unleashing central agencies against those who raise their voice against them. I have also received threats for speaking up. They threaten to use the CBI against me. Let them do whatever they want to. In Tagore's words, this 'monihar' (necklace of gems) – referring to CBI – will turn into 'bish har' (necklace of poison) once they are out of power," she added.
She maintained that the Saradha and the Narada were planted by the BJP government in order to malign the image of her party.
Cautioning her party workers against indulging in anti-party activities, the Chief Minister said anyone who does not agree with the party's principles and values can leave it and go.
"There is no place for groupism or ego-fights in Trinamool. We will not tolerate anti-party activities. Party discipline is foremost. If you cannot follow it, you are free to leave... Workers are our biggest assets," she said at the extended core committee meeting of the party.