November 24, 2016
It is the policy of this government to divide and rule: Mamata Banerjee
Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today addressed the press in Delhi, on her way to meet President Pranab Mukherjee.
She lashed out at the BJP-led Central Government for bringing about demonetisation in the country. She said, “What the Government is doing is a major discrimination; there is a need to raise our voice”.
The Chief Minister raised the issue of the loss of economic activities in the country as a result of demonetisation, especially in the sectors of agriculture and infrastructure.
“Old currency is allowed in railways, civil aviation, Central Government banks, but not in State cooperative banks on which the farmers depend. The agriculture sector is totally damaged, the Government has shut down the activities of those who sow the seeds and reap the crops”.
“Out of 12 months, three months (December to February) are the most productive time for construction and development projects. Everything is shut, there is no progress”.
Mamata Banerjee also shared her deep concern for the plight of the tea and jute sectors, which are of huge importance to the State of Bengal, saying, “The tea garden and jute mill workers are not receiving their salary. Common people are suffering”.
As a result of demonetisation, she said, “GDP is being lost and the value of the Rupee against the Dollar has gone down”.
Next, she outlined the programmes of the united opposition forces in the near future, saying “we will take out a rally in Kolkata on the 28th, in Lucknow on the 29th and in Patna on the 30th, and then prepare to go to Punjab and Gujarat”.
She also said, “It is the policy of this government to divide and rule. We do not think like that, we represent the grassroots”.
Concluding the press conference, Mamata Banerjee appealed “to the cultural and literary society also to raise their voice for the people”.