After a gap of five years, former Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, on Monday, took part in a rally organized by the Left Front against demonetisation and for demanding CBI to expedite investigation against those Trinamool Congress leaders who have been arrested by the agency. After losing in 2011 election, Bhattacharjee developed health problems and stopped attending party rallies on health grounds. He also could not attend politburo meetings in Delhi and finally was dropped from politburo. In January 2016, he flagged off a rally in Singur where he proposed electoral alliance with Congress for the assembly election. He was criticized for sharing a garland with Rahul Gandhi at park Circus maidan.
Interestingly, Left Front echoed the voice of Mamata Banerjee in raising its demands which included compensation to the kin of those who died in the queues to get money from bank post demonetisation of high value notes on 8 November 2016. Financial assistance to the state that had been badly hit by demonetisation and the loans of the farmers should be waived. The rally ended at Rani Rashmoni Avenue where a meeting was held. Left Front chairman Biman Bose and CPIM state secretary Suryakanta Misra also took part in the rally. The CPIM also demonstrated outside CGO complex demanding expedition of the inquiry against Trinamool leaders who have been arrested. The CPIM is planning to organize a procession to raise their demand next week.