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40 MPs join Mamata in protest march over demonetisation



New Delhi, November 16: Led by TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee, opposition parties including Shiv Sena, Akali Dal, AAP and NC marched to Rashtrapati Bhavan so as to register a holistic protest against the problems caused to people over the government’s demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes.

We’ve requested the President to speak to govt and decide on this and bring back normalcy in the country said Mamata Banerjee after the march.

Initially ATM meant “All time Money” now it is “Aayega tab milega,” said Banerjee.

Our party will move adjournment motion in Lok Sabha: Mamata Banerjee

As much as 40 parliamentarians took part in the one-Km march against the center’s currency ban decision from Parliament House to the presidential palace. The protesters signed a petition to President Pranab Mukherjee and registered their dissent for demonetisation.

Leader who participated the march included National Conference’s Omar Abdullah, Shiv Sena’s MP Anandrao Adsul and Arvind Sawant, Aam Aadmi Party’s MLA Bhagwant Mann, former union minister Sultan Ahmed

We are not against the decision but the way it has been implemented. On that we are supporting Trinamool Congress. The decision should have been implemented with proper preparations,” said Adsul .

Today is the first day of winter session of Parliament and all the parties in opposition were geared up to wage a war against demonetisation in name of curbing black money.

Congress leader Anand Sharma stormed the house on demonetisation and questioned prime minster Modi, “which law gave…a right to stop people from withdrawing money from their own accounts inspite of having money in the account?”

He said Indian black money is lying in Swiss accounts and when government has the list of Swiss bank account holders why government is not releasing the names which are mentioned in that list. He sought an apology from PM Modi for mocking up people who are standing in bank queues.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 8 announced demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes on TV.


My phone is being tapped: Mamata



Kolkata, Feb 18 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday said that her phone is being tapped by Central agencies.

While reacting to the terror attack on the CRPF convoy in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district, the Trinamool Congress chief levelled the charge of phone tapping against the Narendra Modi-led Central government.

“The Government had inputs from intelligence agencies on February 8 that such attacks might happen before elections. Why no action was taken? Why was the convoy of 78 vehicles allowed?…I also have intelligence reports that my phone is always tapped, as you all know,” she said.

Mamata also accused several Hindutva organisations including the RSS of hatching a conspiracy in the wake of the Pulwama attack to create divisions in the country, including in her state.

“In Hooghly’s Srerampore, they intervened in a community celebration. RSS workers are outsiders and they do not belong to Bengal. They are creating a riot like situation between Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs and Christians.

Banerjee said it’s a ploy to spread communal violence.

“It is a gameplan to spread communal violence. No one should fall in this trap. I have also heard that the RSS are forcing people to wear burqa and pose as child lifters.

“Rumours are being spread and some incidents have taken place in Kolkata as well. This is being done by the RSS, the BJP and the VHP, they only spread violence.”

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Pulwama attack: Why no action despite inputs from intelligence, asks Mamata



Mamata Banerjee

Kolkata, Feb 18: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, on Monday questioned the central government for not taking actions despite inputs received from intelligence agencies warning of terror attacks before the Lok Sabha elections.

The Government had inputs from intelligence agencies on Feb 8 that such attacks might happen before elections. Why no action was taken?, she asked while addressing a press conference.

The Chief Minister further stated “Why 78 convoys were still allowed?…I also have intelligence reports that my phone is always taped, as you all know”.

Banerjee also accused the RSS and the BJP of trying to incite communal violence in West Bengal.

“We have kept quiet, but we have seen Modiji and Amit Shah delivering speeches daily. And the way they are speaking, it seems as if they are the only patriotic leaders in the country. This is not right,” she said.

Banerjee told media following Thursday’s terror attack, the entire Opposition has stood behind the Centre without asking any question.

“Modiji must tell us what action he has taken between the attacks in Pathankot and Pulwama. What action has he taken in the past five years?” she asked, adding, “If he cannot take control of the political situation in the country, he should resign.”


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Rahul Gandhi to launch election campaign in Maharashtra on March 1



Rahul Gandhi

Mumbai, Feb 18: Congress President Rahul Gandhi will launch the national campaign for the coming Lok Sabha elections in Maharashtra with a mega rally in Dhule, a traditional party bastion, on March 1, an official said here on Monday.

Gandhi will begin the campaign at 3 p.m. in the presence of other top leaders.

The same day, as per a tentative schedule, he may even visit Mumbai and address a rally here.

The UPA alliance in Maharashtra will set the ball rolling for the parliamentary elections by its first joint poll campaign rally in Nanded on Wednesday, said state party chief Ashok Chavan.

The rally will see the participation of UPA constituents including the Nationalist Congress Party, the PRP and other parties and their top leaders like Mallikarjun Kharge, Sharad Pawar and Jogendra Kawade.

This will be followed by another UPA rally to be hosted by the NCP’s Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Council Dhananjay Munde, in his home town of Parli, Beed, on Saturday.

According to party sources, Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi is also likely to address some rallies in the state, although the details are yet to be finalised.

Dhule and Nanded are traditional Congress bastions in Northern Maharashtra and the Marathwada regions of the state, with a fair sprinkling of minorities, tribals, Dalits and other sections of population.


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