Kolkata: The Congress Party failed to exploit the demonetization of the Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes in the just concluded by-polls. It has done badly not just in Madhya Pradesh where the party hoped to do really well in assembly seats and the lone Lok sabha seat that went to polls but in other states too.
Nonetheless Mamata Banerjee has claimed that her impressive victories in the states were due to demonetization and people’s frustration over the move. There is no denying that hundreds of millions of people have been badly impacted by the sudden demonization announcement by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
On November 8, the Prime Minister shocked the whole nation by announcing that the two high denomination notes became worthless papers the same day. Since then the entire population seems to be standing in serpentine queues in front of banks and ATMs throughout the country.
Following her impressive showing in the by-polls West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday urged all political parties to start a wave of protests against the “financial emergency”. “People have revolted. This is symbolic, It is a vote against demonetisation. In a democracy, people vent their anger through votes,” Banerjee told mediapersons.
The Trinamool on Tuesday retained the Tamluk and Cooch Behar Lok Sabha and Monteshwar Assembly seats by huge margins. Banerjee said her party won so massively as “the people have voted for those working in the people’s interest.
In her thunderous style, the chief minister said, “This huge victory is the victory of common people. I congratulate them for the result”. “I want people across all political parties to start a wave of protest against this financial emergency. Protest, protest, protest,” Banerjee said. The Trinamool Congress supremo has also called on people from different socio-economic backgrounds to join hands on the issue. “We appeal to NGOs, charitable organisations, political parties, student groups, civil society representatives, those form the cultural world and others to join,” she said.
She predicted difficult time ahead for the BJP. Talking about the upcoming elections in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab, the Trinamool chief said the BJP will feel the pinch of the common man’s struggle in their vote bank. “The BJP will get a befitting reply in the upcoming polls, the party will not get a single vote,” she said. Banerjee will lead a protest against the central government’s decision to demonetise high value currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 at the Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Wednesday. Banerjee has been at the forefront of the protests against demonetisation. Last week she called on President Pranab Mukherjee alongwith three other political parties seeking his intervention in the matter which has caused “tremendous hardship” to the people. She also addressed a meeting at Azadpur Mandi, the biggest vegetable and fruits wholesale hub in Delhi, jointly with Delhi Chief Minister and AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal, giving a 72-hour deadline to the Centre to rollback demonetisation.