Trinamool Congress MLAs on Thursday staged a demonstration outside the office of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) when its governor Urjit Patel and other board members were holding a meeting in the office.
To dodge journalists who were waiting outside RBI building since morning, Patel entered the office through the back door.
Trinamool Congress legislators organised a rally were holding party flags and wearing black ribbons and badges when reached RBI building in the afternoon. Party’s secretary general Partha Chatterjee said he had failed to understand who the Governor of RBI was, Urjit Patel or Narendra Modi. Veteran Trinamool leaders including Firhad Hakim, Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay, Aroop Biswas and Sovan Chatterjee took part in the rally.
Chatterjee said the party, for three days, December 14 to 16, were holding rallies and meetings in various parts in the city under the programme declared earlier by the party. He said the party would continue to agitate till the ordeal of common people was reduced. “We will oppose the Centre’s decision to demonetise high value notes and continue to launch movements all over the state. The ordeal of people has intensified and there is no relief from this trauma. People are seen standing in long queues outside banks and ATMs. Despite several announcements by the RBI, there was no adequate supply of Rs 500 notes in the ATMs,” he said adding that the people are fed up with Centre.
Firhad Hakim said that RBI should come up with a statement clarifying that under which Act they had prevented people from withdrawing their own money. “It is really astonishing that people are unable to withdraw their own money. This is unconstitutional and undemocratic,” he maintained. He said development work throughout the state had been stalled. “The poor are facing real crisis as there are acute shortage of notes in rural areas. The Prime Minister is talking about digital India but he should see how many villages do not have electricity. Where will the money for those people come?”
Aroop Biswas said: “More than one month has lapsed since demonetisation was announced but still no improvement has been noticed. People are running from pillar to post to get their own money. This has never happened anywhere in the world”.
The Left Front also staged a protest rally on the issue of demonetisation outside the RBI office. Biman Bose, chairman of Left Front criticised the Centre for announcing demonetisation without “doing proper homework.”