New Delhi, Nov 17, 2016: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee on Thursday addressed a rally against demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes organised by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) at Azadpur Mandi.
Addressing a rally, Banerjee said “Prime Minister Modi has broken constitutional rules… Why did not you (Modi) make a proper plan before the implementation (of demonetisation) The common man is suffering due to it. We are giving you three days. If you do not fix all problems, we will not leave you. We are still alive.”
She said that people of the country had lost their trust in Modi and added that her MPs were trying to bring an adjournment motion in the Parliament.
Kejriwal, speaking after West Bengal CM, alleged a conspiracy behind the spiking of 500 and 1,000 rupee notes that has led to a cash chaos across the country.
“Do you think people are fools?” he asked rhetorically. “Don’t fool us. Don’t say that standing in queues (outside banks and ATMs) is patriotism.
“Take back this decision in three days… Don’t test people’s patience. Otherwise, there will be a ‘bhagawat’ (revolt) by people,” he said.
The Aam Aadmi Party leader also blamed the government for the reported deaths of 40 people in the country that have been linked to the dramatic announcement of November 8 that the high-value currency would no more be legal tender.
“Who is responsible for these 40 deaths?” he asked.
Kejriwal again hurled corruption allegations at Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
There was a time, he said, when he too thought that Modi was an honest man. But Kejriwal flashed what he said were Income Tax department’s documents to allege that two corporate houses had paid huge bribes to Modi when he was the Gujarat Chief Minister.
Kejriwal said the government hoped to collect Rs 10 lakh crore from people following the demonetisation to make up for the massive losses the banks have suffered by giving out whopping loans to corporate houses that have now become bad debts.