Opening another front in her fight against Prime Minister Narendra Modi on demonetisation, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday accused him of “removing crucial files” related to the notes ban.
She also alleged that demonetisation was a “ploy to transform white money into black and black money into white”.
“Crucial files are being removed by Narendra Modi and his office. We will get to know the magnitude of the scam only after Modi is ousted from office. This demonetisation is nothing but a ploy to change white money into black and black money into white,” she told a rally outside the RBI office here.
Mamata urged the Reserve Bank of India authorities to “stand up against the anti-people Modi government” and reveal the amount of money provided to various states after high-value currency notes were taken off circulation.
Claiming that the CBI was being “used to victimise” her party because it raised its voice against demonetisation, the Trinamool Congress chief accused the central investigating agency of “using” former employees of Saradha and Rose Valley chit fund companies to create “back offices” in order to come up with “false evidence” to implicate TMC leaders in the scam.
The TMC has been staging a 72-hour sit-in outside the RBI office here against demonetisation since January 9.
“The RBI was kept in the dark about the decision. It should stand up against the Modi government and reveal the real reasons behind demonetisation. It should make public how much money has been pumped back into the economy and the amount states have received post demonetisation,” Banerjee said.
She alleged that “only Modi and two-three of his associates” were aware of the decision to scrap old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes. Banerjee indirectly hit out at a section of industrialists and officials close to Modi, describing them as “part of Modi’s team” behind the demonetisation decision.
“They (Modi government) have turned the CBI into the Conspiracy Bureau of India and are using it for pursuing vendetta politics. The CBI has created a back office to come up with false evidence against our leaders to implicate them in chit fund cases,” she alleged.
Meanwhile, meeting the President for the third time since demonetisation, TMC MPs on Wednesday accused the Modi government of having imposed a “super emergency” by launching the exercise and engaging in “vendetta politics” by arresting two party lawmakers after it opposed the “draconian” move.
Speaking to reporters after marching from South Avenue to Rashtrapati Bhawan to protest against the note ban, the MPs also held Prime Minister Narendra Modi responsible for the death of 120 people, caused allegedly by the move, and sought President Pranab Mukherjee’s intervention as the situation had turned “grim”.
“After outlining the grim situation, we first had called this (demonetisation) a financial emergency. Today, we believe, as we share (concern) with the President, this is now a super emergency,” TMC’s Rajya Sabha member Derek O’Brien said.
“Because you know what is happening...TMC led by Mamata Banerjee has opposed the move and the pain and suffering it causes. The timing of what is happening is a political vendetta.