Mamata dubs GST 'Great Selfish Tax'
Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has urged people to observe November 8 as Black Day to protest against the note ban scam that had destroyed India economically.
It may be recalled that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced ban of high-value notes on November 8, 2016.
Banerjee tweeted: " Note ban is a disaster. On November 8 Black day to protest against this scam that destroyed the economy, let us also change our Tweeter DP to black."
Within half an hour after the ban of high-value notes was announced on November 8, 2016, Mamata Banerjee had reacted sharply describing it as a disaster. She said that it would affect India's economy badly and thousands of people would lose their jobs. She led the protest that took place in various parts of the country including New Delhi.
The banning of high-value notes proved to be disastrous. Long queues were seen in front of the banks. For the first couple of weeks, a customer was allowed to withdraw only Rs 4000. The country's economy collapsed. Many people died while waiting in the queue. Thousands of people lost their jobs and returned to their native states. The worst hit were the gem cutters who worked in Gujarat from Bengal.
Later, the economists, both Indian and foreign had echoed similar views and held the Centre responsible for affecting country's economic growth adversely. Trinamool Congress has decided to observe the first anniversary of note ban in a big way and the day will be observed as black day.
Banerjee on Monday also tweeted on the GST disaster and described it as the Great Selfish tax. She tweeted " Great Selfish Tax (GST) to harass the people. To take away jobs. To hurt business. To finish the economy. GOI totally failed to tackle GST."
It may be mentioned that Banerjee has described GST as "the biggest scam" and demanded an inquiry into the matter. Earlier she had said, " GST is the biggest scam and affected the business community badly." She was critical of the Centre for rushing through GST without adequate preparedness.