Demonetisation and Modi-Mamata Tussle
The move of the demonetisation of 500/- and 1000/- rupee notes has now brought an unusual turn in Indian politics. While the people of the country seem to be supporting this initiative of the government at the centre to control the black money, some political parties are viewing this move of Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a complete political and dictatorial agenda to harass large section of the society and to benefit a few.
Mamata Banerjee took the centrestage to protest demonetisation by the government to grab the opportunity to play a decisive role in national politics,though started with cold response when her party is being supported only by parties like Aam Aadmi Party and Shiv Sena in her first public rally in Delhi, but gradually her cause and sentiment to capture the heart of the common man got wind and the support of major political parties started to pour in.
In her protest along with major political parties including Congress in Delhi, Mamata vowed not to stop till she oust Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Indian politics. Later on, in a protest rally in Kolkata she repeated her mission: “Today, I am taking a pledge, whether I die or live I will remove PM Modi from Indian politics.”
BJP immediately reacted against the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s comment to remove Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Indian politics and said she has clearly lost her mental balance post-demonetisation.
BJP leader and Bengal co-incharge Siddharthnath Singh said- “She has certainly lost her cool and certainly lost her mental balance which should be there as a politician, therefore she is angry and ranting theses kinds of language against the Prime Minister. I can only say to Mamata Banerjee, whether she lives or die I have nothing to do with it, but Narendra Modi will become the Prime Minister after 2019”. He also added -“She has realized after demonetisation that she didn’t get any time to convert her unaccounted money into legal money so therefore she has certainly lost her cool.”
Mamata didn’t stop, she took her campaign demanding the rollback of demonetisation to the heartland of Indian politics, Uttar Pradesh, where the ruling Samajwadi Party and TMC jointly organised a protest rally in Lucknow, where Mamata appealed the people to give a befitting reply to the government by their votes, when she appealed:- “Respond to notebandi with votebandi” as Uttar Pradesh is nearing election in the coming year. She also dared the Prime Minister to first declare his own bank account details and of BJP president Amit Shah, when she said: “Modi has asked BJP MPs and MLAs to give details of their bank accounts, but he needs to start with himself and BJP president Amit Shah”.
Though Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav skipped the rally, Ministers Pawan Pandey and Arvind Kumar Singh participated in the rally. Mamata Banerjee has planned countrywide agitations against the demonetisation move and demanding its repeal. She conducted rallies in Delhi and Kolkata Few days ago addressing a rally, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has already given Mamata a befitting reply when he said, political leaders who are behind multi-crore chit fund scams are attacking him as they have been hit hard by demonetisation. these remarks are seen as sharp attack on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. He also hit out at the Congress saying governments in the past 70 years kept quiet on black money because they were worried about losing power.
While addressing ‘Parivartan rally’ in Agra, without naming any leaders, Narendra Modi said,”I know what sort of people are raising their voice against me? Does the country not know whose money was invested in chit fund business? Lakhs and crores of poor people invested money in chit funds. But with the blessings of politicians, crores and crores of rupees have vanished. Due to chit fund loss, hundreds of head of families were forced to commit suicide. Look at history and they are questioning me.” these words are clearly aimed at Mamata Banerjee, but Prime Minister did not name any leaders.
Narendra Modi also attacked the previous Congress governments. “For how long will the country keep quiet? They kept quiet for 70 years. Not because they were unaware of this disease. They were worried less about country and more about power. That’s why they were not ready to take any step.”
Narendra Modi also specified the move to save the country from both internal and external damages when he said that on the one side, cross-border terrorism was killing army personnel and on the other hand economic terrorism was pushing the country’s youth and economy towards catastrophe.He said fake currency notes were pushed into the country and because of demonetisation the business of drugs and other narcotics has come to standstill.”There is a big jolt to the business of fake Indian currency notes due to demonetisation,” the Prime Minister said.
People in general are supporting the move. Speaking to Uday India Kolkata-based printing professional Saugata Mitra said: “The move was positive and we support the government for such an initiative, as the black money will turn white and will be used for the development of the country, but the implementation is difficult and painful for most of us” on the other hand businessman Shrawan Kumar Dhona said: “I support this move of Narendra Modi, though initially we have to manage because of cash crunch but for the larger interest of the nation, we will manage”.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has time and again appealed to the people of the country to support this move and have patience, by saying the decision of demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes has not been taken to harass people but to help poor and honest people.Now it is to be seen, whether people accept Mamata’s version or are convinced with Narendra Modi.
by Joydeep Dasgupta