“Remove Modi and save the country” (Modi hatao , desh bachao) will be Trinamool Congress’ slogan in a week-long campaign starting January 1 ,2017, party chief Mamata Banerjee said on Thursday.
She held a high-level meeting with the party’s MPs, MLAs and members of the policy making group at Trinamool Bhavan on Thursday afternoon.
“The party leaders will hold meetings and rallies and raise ‘Remove Modi’ and ‘save country slogans’ from January 1 which is party’s foundation day till January 8. The party will hold other cultural programmes during the week. The birth anniversaries of Swami Vivekananda and Netaji will be observed on January 12 and 23 respectively,” she said.
It may be recalled that at a public meeting in Kolaghat she had urged people to stand united to oust Modi and described Narendra Modi’s government as the “most corrupt government and Amit Shah-led BJP as the most corrupt party.”
Banerjee said all the district presidents had been instructed to get in touch with the leaders up to the block level to have first-hand knowledge of the ordeal faced by common people. The party will submit a list of those who have lost jobs due to demonetisation to President Pranab Mukherjee.
She reiterated that demonetisation of high value notes was done unconstitutionally. “The whole country is being run by Alibaba and his 4 men. The Cabinet was kept in the dark and RBI, who is authorised to demonetise notes, did not come in the picture. Every day, the government is changing laws related to withdrawals and deposits of money. Its victims are the common people. Over 100 people died in the queues to get their money throughout the country and some bank officials died while on duty,” she said adding: “Modi is best for those who are corrupt.”
She said, to make society cashless, the Prime Minister had actually bulldozed society. “He has bulldozed his own party and his countrymen and he will have to answer the people. He could not face the Lok Sabha. Parliament passed the Income Tax Bill and the Bill concerning people with disabilities but could not force him to speak,” she maintained.
Banerjee said thousands of people involved with gems and jewellery industry, diamond cutting and construction had lost jobs. Those who earn Rs 176 per day from 100 days work scheme could not withdraw their money as banks did not have enough cash. “There are 92 per cent villages in the country where there are no banks and to make the country cashless, Modi has actually made the government faceless.” She remarked that it was most unfortunate that people were losing faith in the banking system and the RBI.
She said all the development work had been stalled but the pro-people schemes like Rs 2 per kg rice had given them “little cushioning in the dark days.” She pointed out that the price of potatoes would go up in the next season making it out of reach for many.