Senior CPI(M) leader and politburo member Md Salim on Saturday criticised the Centre over demonetisation issues, saying that the government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi failed to understand the practical situation. The common people are helpless, which the government cannot see and hence they are changing their decision every day.
Salim, however, also said, they can support the cause of seizing black money, but the process, which was taken, is irrelevant. It is some news channels, which are lauding Modi, but commoners have alienated him.
It will be recalled that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had protested the demonetisation drive since the beginning. She warned that the nation would face unrest for the Centre’s decision to demonetise currency notes of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 as soon as the Prime Minister had announced the decision. The CPI(M) Politburo leader, however, echoed the Chief Minister’s words, disapproving centre’s decision on Saturday. Meanwhile, Mamata Banerjee visited the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) regional office in Kolkata and spoke to the RBI regional director Rekha Warriar and urged her to ensure that cash is available at all ATMs and Banks. Earlier, she had spoken to CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury over this issue.
The CPI(M) cleared its position by condemning Centre’s move which they said will not help tackle corruption and black money. CPI(M) earlier discussed that objectives of tackling corruption and black money will not be achieved by demonetisation. The party doesn’t know which world Prime Minister Narendra Modi is living in. On Saturday, Salim also demanded the Central and state governments should issue direction to all public utilities and emergency services in this regard to ensure instant relief to the public. “Till sufficient printed money is made available and ATMs are reconfigured, the decision on demonetisation should be kept in abeyance and all white transactions should be allowed in old notes,” he added.