Trinamool tells President that country is now under Super Emergency

Meeting the President for the third time since demonetisation, Trinamool Congress (TMC) MPs accused the Modi government of having imposed a “super emergency” by launching the exercise and engaging in “vendetta politics” by arresting two party lawmakers after it opposed the “draconian” move.

Speaking to reporters after marching from South Avenue to Rashtrapati Bhawan to protest against the note ban, the MPs also held Prime Minister Narendra Modi responsible for the death of 120 people, caused allegedly by the move, and sought President Pranab Mukherjee’s intervention as the situation had turned “grim”.

The 30-member delegation, comprising MPs Sukhendu Shekhar Roy, Dola Sen, Dinesh Trivedi, Arpita Ghosh, Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, Sisir Adhikari among others, also submitted a memorandum to Mukherjee.


Memorandum to the President

Hon’ble Rashtrapati ji,

Six days after announcing demonetisation on 8 November 2016, the Prime Minister had asked for fifty days to meet the objectives of demonetisation and end the suffering caused to ordinary citizens. The people of this country have now borne this acute crisis for over sixty days and the situation has only got progressively worse.

120 lives have reportedly been lost because of demonetisation. We are deeply pained that this Government has not as much as acknowledged the loss of these innocent lives. The brunt of these irresponsible measures is being borne by India’s least fortunate and most honourable people – farmers, textile, construction and plantation workers, small business owners, trading communities, fishermen, housewives, students and large sections of the middle class.

In spite of a good monsoon, farmers were prevented from purchasing seeds and necessary inputs at the peak of the rabi sowing season. Food shortages and rural distress are looming large on the horizon. Everyday we are witnessing cash-starved farmers making distress sales or even throwing away perishable produce.

As you are aware, only 7% of India’s workforce is employed in the organized sector. Demonetisation has impoverished a vast majority of the 415 million workers who earn a daily wage through agriculture, construction, small-scale manufacturing and retail. Over 25 crores daily-wage workers have suffered loss of work. Micro and small-scale industries are reporting 35% job losses and 50% decline in revenue. As factories have shut, workers are returning to their villages in an unprecedented reverse migration. If restrictions on cash withdrawal are not removed immediately, job losses will increase manifold in the coming months.

We find it alarming that people’s right to withdraw their own money has been suspended indefinitely. Despite repeated requests, the Government has shared no timeline for the removal of restrictions on cash withdrawals. As the restrictions continue to be in effect, honest and upright citizens of this country are being prohibited from accessing their hard-earned money. Propriety demands that the Government explain under which provisions of law these restrictions on withdrawals have been imposed.

From the day of the draconian announcement of demonetisation and throughout this ill-conceived and poorly implemented exercise, this Government has served to deceive and ambush its own citizens. New and inconsistent notifications have been issued almost everyday, withdrawal limits and deposit deadlines altered with no prior notice, and financial incentives for digital transactions roll-backed at whim. Arbitrary and irresponsible conduct of this nature has shaken the people’s trust in the government irrevocably.

It is appalling that this Government has resorted to the politics of vendetta to conceal its own incompetence and inefficiency. Anyone who has opposed demonetisation has been branded anti-national, corrupt, a supporter of terrorism or a hoarder of black money. The Government is blatantly misusing power and using state agencies to stifle opposition and silence critics. This deplorable and vindictive politics dishonours the sacred principles of our constitutional democracy and is detrimental to national interest.

Sir, as the custodian of the Constitution of our country, we appeal to you to intervene to take care of our people and save them from harm. We look to you, Sir, to bring an end to this unprecedented super-emergency.


With regards.

Yours truly,

<Signed by Trinamool MPs>

Full Text of the Memorandum submitted to the President of India

MPs belonging to several Opposition parties today met the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee and apprised him of how they were not allowed to speak in the House.

The delegation that came together to oppose the Government’s demonetisation move included MPs from Congress, Trinamool Congress,  CPI, CPI-M, JDUand RJD.

While the Opposition initially demanded a discussion under an adjournment motion entailing voting, the ruling side was adamant on a debate under Rule 193. However, an understanding was reached and it was decided that a discussion will be held without any Rule. But, the treasury benches disrupted the Parliament in the last week, for which no discussion could take place.

After the meeting with the President, Leader of the Party in Lok Sabha, Sudip Bandopadhyay said, ” The poorest of the poor in the country are suffering. The Government is avoiding a discussion in Parliament,, he said adding that they have not yet categorically explained why the discussion could not take place.”

“We stand by the common people of the country. Today’s delegation is a very powerful delegation to President, Sudip Bandopadhyay added. We expect the government to honour our demands, he maintained.

The MPs submitted a memorandum to the Hon. President in which they detailed how the ruling party did not allow the Opposition to speak in Parliament.



We would like to bring to your attention the process by which all voices of the Opposition have been continuously stifled throughout this Parliamentary Session. As you are aware, the announcement by the Government on 8th November, 2016 regarding the Demonetization  of 500 and 1000 Rupee notes has had a devastating and crippling effect on the common people across the country. It was our expectation that after such a disastrous decision by the Prime Minister himself, he, as the architect of this announcement, would personally make a Suo Moto statement on the first day of the Parliament regarding this issue, thereby informing all law makers of the rationale behind this announcement, the process of the roll out and the efficacy by which the pain of the common people at large would be alleviated.  We were shocked when no such statement was forthcoming from the Prime Minister, as is the normal convention in Parliamentary procedure.

The Parliament was convened on 16 November 2016. The combined Opposition moved an adjournment motion under Rule 56. We were taken aback when the Government did not agree to discuss the matter under Rule 56 in Lok Sabha and thereby created an impasse. This impasse continued over ten days. The combined Opposition was eager to put forward their views on the Floor of the Lok Sabha throughout this period. Realizing that the Government  was not at all interested to resolve this deadlock, the combined Opposition, desirous of an urgent discussion on this issue, suggested a solution by proposing a discussion under Rule 184. This too, was continuously blocked and not accepted by the Government.

Then as a last resort, we suggested a discussion in Lok Sabha setting aside all the Rules.  Even though there had been multiple suggestions by us indicating our fervent desire to initiate the debate, not only was the Government adamant on preventing a discussion, but they did not even approach Opposition Benches to facilitate a discussion to resolve the logjam that the House was confronted with.

The opposition parties considered it their duty to raise a discussion on the adverse fallout of Demonetization and the suffering inflicted on millions of citizens who have been denied access to their own money by banks. The Opposition initiated the discussion on 16 November 2016 in Rajya Sabha and senior leaders of major opposition parties participated in the debate. Unfortunately, the Prime Minister chose not to come to the Rajya Sabha even though the Lok Sabha was adjourned and the Prime Minister was present in the precincts of Parliament. The Opposition parties have been urging upon the Government for the Prime Minister to participate in the debate and answer any queries the Opposition may have regarding the decision, the process and the provisions made for printing of new currency to replace the old, illegal tender. The refusal of the Government and the insistence that the Prime Minister will only ‘intervene’ in the debate, but not respond to questions, led to the stalemate.

It is unfortunate and unprecedented that the Government itself has been deliberately disrupting and forcing adjournments of both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.  This is being done at the behest of senior Ministers. Moreover, the Prime Minister has misled the nation by blaming the Opposition.

We are extremely pained by this trampling of our democratic rights and the suppression of our right to present our views and make our voices heard in Parliament. We are deeply concerned that the Parliamentary democratic system itself is under severe threat.

There is a deep crisis in the country, millions are affected. Small and medium enterprises have been hit hard. Traders are suffering losses in business. Crores of workers in the unorganized sector, e-commerce, leather, jute, textiles, glass, beedi, gems and jewellery sectors, farmers, shopkeepers and daily wage earners under government schemes like MNREGA have either lost jobs or have been seriously affected due to cash crunch. They are facing severe wage-earning problems, leading to starvation in several cases, even leading to deaths. More than 97 people have lost their lives across States while queuing up outside banks and ATMs. Students, housewives and the young generation are bearing the brunt of an ill-conceived policy.

The Demonetization decision has brought about a disastrous situation in the nation.

We beseech you, as the protector of the Constitution, to kindly intervene to save the people from economic disaster.


BSF training Narayani Sena in Cooch Behar: Trinamool

Accusing the central government of trying to disrupt smooth functioning of the state government, Trinamool alleged that the BSF was providing “training” to ‘Narayani Sena’, a private army of the erstwhile Maharaja of Cooch Behar.

“It is a deep-rooted conspiracy against the state government. How come BSF is giving training to Narayani Sena and other elements who are involved in smuggling?” senior TMC leader and state parliamentary affairs minister Partha Chatterjee said.

He said, “We have officially expressed our grievances and lodged a complaint with the highest quarters of the central government.” He also added that this was being done by keeping the state government in the “dark”.

Leader of the party in Lok Sabha, Sudip Bandyopadhyay accused the Centre of interfering in the law and order of the State. He accused the BJP of trying to disturb the peace in Bengal. A delegation of Trinamool MPs met the President and apprised him of the incident.


কুচবিহারে নারায়ণী সেনাকে প্রশিক্ষণ দিচ্ছে বি এস এফঃ তৃণমূল

কেন্দ্রের বিরুদ্ধে রাজ্যের কাজে হস্তক্ষেপ করার অভিযোগ করল তৃণমূল কংগ্রেস। উত্তরবঙ্গে নারায়ণী সেনাকে বিএসএফের প্রশিক্ষণ দেওয়া নিয়েও সরব হয়েছে তৃণমূল কংগ্রেস৷ রাষ্ট্রপতির কাছেও বিষয়টি নিয়ে অভিযোগ জানিয়েছেন তারা৷

বর্ষীয়ান তৃণমূল নেতা পার্থ চট্টোপাধ্যায় বলেন, “এটা রাজ্য সরকারের বিরুদ্ধে এক গভীর ষড়যন্ত্র। বিএসএফ কেন্দ্রীয় সংস্থা।  বি এস এফ কিভাবে নারায়ণী সেনাদের প্রশিক্ষণ দিতে পারে। তাঁর কথায়, ‘‘রাজ্যের উন্নয়নে ব্যাঘাত ঘটাতে এবং প্রশাসনিক কাজে বিঘ্ন ঘটাতে এই চক্রান্ত চলছে।’’

“আমরা অফিসিয়ালি আমাদের প্রতিবাদ জানিয়েছি এবং কেন্দ্রীয় সরকারের হেড কোয়ার্টারে অভিযোগও জানিয়েছি”। তিনি আরও বলেন, মুখ্যমন্ত্রী তথা রাজ্য প্রশাসনকে অন্ধকারে রেখেই এসব কাজ করা হচ্ছে”।

রাজ্যের যুক্তরাষ্ট্রীয় পরিকাঠামোয় হস্তক্ষেপ করার জন্য লোকসভার দলনেতা সুদীপ বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায় এদিন কেন্দ্রকেই দায়ী করেন। বাংলার শান্তি বিঘ্নিত করার জন্য তিনি বিজেপিকেই দায়ী করেন। তৃণমূলের এক সংসদীয় প্রতিনিধি দল এদিন রাষ্ট্রপতির সঙ্গে সাক্ষাৎ করে।

Centre trying to unilaterally rule over States: Trinamool delegation tells President

A delegation of 10 Trinamool MPs led by Leader of the party in Lok Sabha, Sudip Bandyopadhyay, met the President of India at Raj Bhavan, Kolkata.

“Our main purpose to meet the President was to show how the Centre is breaking the barriers of the federal structure,” Sudip Bandyopadhyay said.

“They are dictating the terms to States on how schemes are to be implemented and how money is to be spent on such schemes or what should their names be,” he added.

“Earlier there was Planning Commission where the States had the chance to interact with the Deputy Chairman. Now the Planning Commission has been dissolved and Niti Ayog has been set up,” the veteran MP said.

“We raised the issue of monitoring of State Treasury. This is unbelievable. There is also the other issue of unilateral deputation of officers at under-secretary level. Then there is the issue of 100 Days’ Work. Centre owes Rs 1700 crore to the State,” Sudip Bandyopadhyay added.

Centre is making an attempt to unilaterally rule over the States.
Decisions about developmental projects are being taken without consulting States at any level, the senior parliamentarian alleged. He said that Trinamool will raise these issues in the Parliament.

যুক্তরাষ্ট্রীয় পরিকাঠামোয় কেন্দ্রের হস্তক্ষেপ নিয়ে রাষ্ট্রপতির দ্বারস্থ তৃণমূল

লোকসভায় তৃণমূলের দলনেতা সুদীপ বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায়ের নেতৃত্বে আজ এক প্রতিনিধি দল দেখা করে রাষ্ট্রপতি প্রণব মুখোপাধ্যায়ের সঙ্গে। কেন্দ্র যুক্তরাষ্ট্রীয় পরিকাঠামোয় হস্তক্ষেপ করছে সেটাই রাষ্ট্রপতিকে কাছে আমরা জানিয়েছি, বলেন সুদীপ বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায়।কেন্দ্র রাজ্যের কাজে হস্তক্ষেপ করছে। কোন প্রকল্পে কত টাকা কি ভাবে খরচ হবে, সেটাও কেন্দ্র বলে দিচ্ছে, অভিযোগ সুদীপের। আগে প্ল্যানিং কমিশনে রাজ্য নিজের দাবিদাওয়া রাখতে পারতো। কিন্তু এখন কমিশন উঠিয়ে তৈরী হয়েছে নীতি আয়োগ, বলেন সুদীপ।

“রাজ্যের ট্রেজারির ওপর নজরদারির চেষ্টার কথা মারা রাষ্ট্রপতিকে জানিয়েছি। বলেছি আন্ডার সেক্রেটারি লেভেলের অফিসারদের ডেপুটেশনের প্রসঙ্গ। এছাড়াও ১০০ দিনের কাজে রাজ্যের পাওনা ১৭০০ কোটি টাকার বিষয়টিও জানানো হয়েছে,” বলেন বর্ষীয়ান এই সাংসদ।

উনি আরও বলেন যে কেন্দ্র চাইছে রাজ্যের সব ক্ষমতা কেড়ে নিতে। রাজ্যকে না জানিয়ে উন্নয়নমূলক কাজের সিদ্ধান্ত নেওয়া হচ্ছে। সুদীপ বলেন যে এই বিষয়গুলি সংসদে উত্থাপন করবে তৃণমূল।

WB CM once again shows her humanistic side

En route to Bagdogra Airport from Darjeeling today, in Sonada in Darjeeling district, one of the cars in the Hon’ble President Pranab Mukherjee’s convoy, a convoy which included West Bengal Chief Mamata Banerjee, skidded off a hilly highway into a gorge. Six among the President’s security team were travelling in that car.

The Hon’ble President and the Chief Minister were thankfully unharmed.

The Chief Minister, ever the helping hand, immediately got into the act of overseeing the rescue operation. Wielding a mike, she walked around the accident site and passed about instructions to ensure a coordinated response to the accident. All the six people inside the car were rescued and taken to hospital. There were no serious injuries – a few cuts and bruises, and a fractured arm.

This incident has once again highlighted the humanistic side of Mamata Banerjee. She has time and again got into such selfless acts, of helping people needing attention, a recent incident being ensuring a man injured in an accident near the Akashvani Bhawan in Kolkata got proper medical attention.


আরও একবার মমতার মমতাময়ী রূপ

আজ দার্জিলিং থেকে বাগডোগরা বিমানবন্দর ফেরার সময়ে দুর্ঘটনার কবলে পড়ল রাষ্ট্রপতি প্রণব মুখোপাধ্যায়ের কনভয়ের এসকর্ট কার। পিছনেই ছিল মুখ্যমন্ত্রী মমতা বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায়ের কনভয়। সোনাদার কাছে মুখ্যমন্ত্রীর গাড়ির ঠিক আগে থাকা একটি গাড়ি খাদে পড়ে যায়। এই ঘটনায় আহত হয়েছেন ওই গাড়িতে থাকা রাষ্ট্রপতির নিরাপত্তার দায়িত্বে থাকা ছয় নিরাপত্তাকর্মী।

সৌভাগ্যক্রমে রাষ্ট্রপতি ও মুখ্যমন্ত্রী অক্ষত রয়েছেন।

দুর্ঘটনার পর মুখ্যমন্ত্রী নিজেই গাড়ি থেকে নেমে সঙ্গে সঙ্গে উদ্ধারকাজের তদারকি করেন। একটি মাইক নিয়ে পুরো উদ্ধারকাজ পরিচালনা করেন এবং দুর্ঘটনাস্থল থেকে প্রয়োজনীয় নির্দেশ দেন উদ্ধারকারী দলকে। যে ছয়জন আহত হয়েছেন তাদের সকলকে উদ্ধার করা হয়েছে এবং সকলকে হাসপাতালে পাঠানো হয়েছে। কোনরকম গুরুতর আঘাতের খবর পাওয়া যায়নি।

এই ঘটনা আবারও মমতা বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায়ের মানবিক দিককে তুলে ধরেছে। সাধারণ মানুষের জন্য তার উদ্বেগ চিন্তা ও সচেতনতা এই ঘটনা আরও একবার প্রমাণ করে দিল। কয়েকদিন আগেই কলকাতার আকাশবাণী ভবনের কাছে একটি দুর্ঘটনায় আহত ব্যক্তিকে তিনি এসএসকেএমে নিয়ে গিয়ে তার যথাযথ চিকিৎসা করান।

Grand reception for Mamata Banerjee on her first visit to Darjeeling in second term as CM

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee received a rousing welcome in the Hills during her first visit to Darjeeling as Chief Minister for the second term.

The Chief Minister reached Darjeeling on Monday afternoon. Thousands of people gathered outside Bagdogra Airport to receive her. Representatives of the development boards in the hills felicitated her with khadi and bouquet of flowers at the airport.

There was not enough space for the Chief Minister’s car to move out of the airport as the area was crowded with people waiting to get a glimpse of the Chief Minister.

They even formed a human chain from Simulbari in Siliguri. People were seen standing on both sides of the road when the Chief Minister’s car was heading towards Darjeeling. Hundreds of people were shouting slogans to congratulate Didi as she waved at them.

On her way to Darjeeling, she had to take several stoppages as people felicitated her with khadi uttarios.


দার্জিলিং সফরে গিয়ে অভ্যর্থনায় ভাসলেন মুখ্যমন্ত্রী মমতা বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায়

দ্বিতীয়বার ক্ষমতায় আসার পর প্রথমবার দার্জিলিং সফরে গিয়ে অভ্যর্থনায় ভাসলেন মুখ্যমন্ত্রী মমতা বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায়।

মমতা বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায়কে বরণ করে নিল পাহাড়৷ পাহাড়জুড়ে রীতিমতো উৎসবের মেজাজ৷ পাহাড়ি পথের বাঁকে তোরণ, মুখ্যমন্ত্রীকে পাহাড়ে স্বাগত জানাতে ৬০ কিলোমিটার রাস্তাজুড়ে ছিল মানব-বন্ধন৷ রোহিণী বাজার থেকে দার্জিলিং পর্যন্ত পাহাড়ি রাস্তায় দিদিকে ঘিরে মানুষের উন্মাদনা ছিল দেখার মত৷

তৃণমূলের তরফেও দার্জিলিংয়ের পথে মুখ্যমন্ত্রীকে বিপুল অভ্যর্থনা জানানোর প্রস্তুতি নেওয়া হয়েছিল৷ মমতা বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায়কে স্বাগত জানাতে হাজির ছিলেন  পাহাড়ের বিভিন্ন উন্নয়ন বোর্ডের সদস্যরাও৷

আজ, ১২ জুলাই, দার্জিলিং-এর চৌরাস্তায় রাষ্ট্রপতি শ্রী প্রণব মুখার্জিকে সংবর্ধনা দেবে পশ্চিমবঙ্গ সরকার।