'Demonetisation was a disaster and there was an agenda behind the decision' : Mamata

Demonetisation was a disaster and there was an agenda behind the decision : Mamata

Kolkata, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday reiterated that demonetisation was a disaster and there was an agenda behind the decision. On the second anniversary of the announcement of demonetisation, Ms Banerjee joined via telephone on a Facebook Live video and said, ' Demonetisation was a disaster and there was an agenda behind the decision. Today is November 8. Two years ago, on this day at 8 PM, the disastrous decision of demonetisation was announced. Demonetisation has proved, over the course of the past two years, to be a complete disaster for the Indian economy. Many people lost their lives, and lakhs lost their jobs. Businesses in both the formal and informal sectors have been devastated. ' ' I always say that I come from the grassroots. My political activism began from student days. I know the pulse of the grassroots. After the announcement of demonetisation, I asked the grassroots people about their reaction. They started crying. The housewives are ones who run the family; they keep their hard-earned savings in the piggy-banks at home. And now, overnight their savings were declared invalid, ' she asserted.

' I met one domestic help that day, who asked me for Rs 200. I asked what will you do with this money. She said, all my savings have been declared invalid. I have no money left to buy grocery items tomorrow. That is when I realised, these are the working class people, who actually matter in running the society. That's why I decided to go with what the common people are saying, what the daily labourers, the domestic helps are saying. I was then that I realised that this is a big disaster, ' the Chief Minister averred. ' I have said this before and saying it again. Demonetisation was a disaster. November 8th is the darkest day for India. There was an agenda behind the decision of demonetisation. The biggest sufferers because of demonetisation were the agriculture sector, the small businessmen, labourers, the farmers, the unemployed, domestic workers, poor traders and others, ' she iterated. ' Who benefited from this decision? Why was this decision taken? To satisfy whom? I have a suspicion that this decision was taken to satisfy the agenda of a few people. Economy is now totally depressed, business is now totally oppressed and common people are completely suppressed. The value of the rupee is also going down, ' Ms Banerjee stated.

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