KOLKATA: Trinamool Congress supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday announced the launch of ‘Modi Hatao Desh Bachao’ campaign in all districts of West Bengal from January 1, with an aim to create public opinion against demonetisation.
Speaking at a presser at the Trinamool Bhavan here on Thursday, the West Bengal Chief Minister said, “Demonetisation has caused economic famine throughout the state. People have lost confidence in the central government and in the banking sector. Hence, we give the call of ‘Modi hatao desh bachao’ to the people of India.”
She also claimed that several lakhs of skilled and unskilled Bengali labourers have been rendered jobless and forced to return home due to demonetisation.
“Diamond artisans from Midnapore, zari (embroidery) artisans from Murshidabad and construction labourers from Coochbehar and Hooghly have returned in lakhs from places such as Mumbai, Delhi and the south. Demonetisation was responsible for unemployment of so many people. We will send an unemployment list due to demonetisation to President Pranab Mukherjee soon,” she said.
Mamata Banerjee also claimed that demonetisation has brought back barter system on a massive scale throughout the state.
“When I was young and went to my village, I saw people exchanging rice for salt, fish for onions. Modi’s policies have brought that once again as over 700 gram panchayats in the state are not connected with the banking system,” she said, adding that prices of potato, paddy, pulses and basic consumption needs will be skyrocketed as farming has been affected by demonetisation.
“For the real ‘black money holders’, Modi is like a god but for the remaining 94%, he has caused a nightmare,” she said.