In a fresh attack on the Narendra Modi government over the demonetisation of high currency notes, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said in a press conference in Kolkata on Monday that there was a hidden agenda behind the move to demonetise the Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes.
"If you (the central government) are taking action black money hoarders you have our full support but what is the cause and where is the planning? What is the hidden agenda?" said Mamata Banerjee.
"This is not a permanent solution..India cannot survive on just plastic economy, on debit and credit cards," she further said.
"Every country has its own mechanism. India is a democratic and secular country. In a democracy, I cannot expect that everyone will give me support...Government does not want to face the Opposition," said the Bengal chief minister.
"I do not know what is waiting for India...It's a big disaster. I have announced that I will tell you my plan after 72 hours. I am a small human being. We are raising our voice with whatever small jurisdiction we have. Let us work together," she said.
Banerjee also said that she was open to joining any political movement against demonetisation if she was invited for it and she was open to have any political party join their movement against demonetisation.
"Our protest will continue...it's good that the Opposition parties have come together in Parliament," she said.
"I am going to Delhi tomorrow. I will be on the road again. We are ready to join any political programme," ANI quoted her as saying.
"We should not play with fire because common people are our assets," she said. "The lower middle class, traders, daily wagers, housewives are the worst hit," she further said.
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"We have to protect 14 percent people in the country also. But we also have to help the poorest of the poor," she said.
She also alleged that the government was "planning something" and told Modi to "work like a prime minister."
"Centre has done 14 to 18 percent roll back. That means they are confused," she further alleged. She also said that this was not a political issue and she was actively protesting against demonetisation for the welfare of the people.
"Plastic economy is not a solution...this is a very big scandal. We have to stop this," she said.
"He (Modi) can ask me any political question. I have no problem. But if any specific question is directed at the prime minister, he has to reply...Our Constitution and parampara (tradition) will keep going...We have to abide by the Constitutional provisions, which he (Modi) is not doing," said the Bengal chief minister.
First Published On : Nov 21, 2016 15:19 IST