Kolkata: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was threatening other parties raising voices against demonetization and said she would hit the streets of Delhi on Tuesday to protest against the centre’s move which caused immense hardship to the people.
“The prime minister is threatening other parties who are raising their voices on demonetization. PM should be sober. PM should behave like a PM. If necessary, he should convene an all-party meeting on the issue," Banerjee told a press conference at the state secretariat. “There is no ego fight. There should be a plan of action on demonetization. My humble submission is that let us work together to solve the issue. The people are suffering," the Trinamool Congress supremo said.
Claiming that some political parties were unable to raise their voices because the “PM is threatening them", she said, adding, “But I will not be cowed down. I will continue to protest. He can put me in jail. He (Modi) is even threatening his own party."
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Modi at a rally in Agra on Sunday said that political leaders behind multi-crore chit fund scams were attacking him because they had been hit hard by demonetization, indirectly referring to Mamata Banerjee. Alleging that there was a “scam" behind this move, she said, “There must be some hidden agenda. What is the hidden agenda? Let them bring it to the public domain," she said.
Banerjee said that she would hit the streets in Delhi on Tuesday and visit other states also on this issue. “I will be in Delhi on 23-24 November and in Lucknow on 29 November. I will also go to Bihar and Punjab," she announced. “This is not a political issue. We are speaking on behalf of commoners. Markets are closed. Small traders are hit," she remarked and said, “I have no personal interest. I am doing this for the sake of the people of the country".
She said that she was not alone in her fight and added at least three other parties had gone with her to the president. “I will request all (opposition) political parties to be with the people", she said. The chief minister said that the centre is allowing demonetized notes in various sectors like railways, aviation, petroleum, etc but not for state government sectors.