Mamata asks government to withdraw demonetisation drive

Kolkata, Nov 13 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday called for an end to demonetisation of 500 and 1,000 rupee notes, saying it had caused a “financial catastrophe”.

“This is not an ego battle. I humbly appeal again to the government at the Centre. Save the common people from more suffering and the country from financial catastrophe by withdrawing this hasty decision,” the Chief Minister tweeted.

“(First please) put a proper action plan in place. (Give) Breathing space for people,” she said.

Banerjee thanked President Pranab Mukherjee for agreeing to meet her and other political leaders to talk about people’s suffering due to the demonetisation.

“Today I spoke with several political leaders regarding a joint movement and to meet Rashtrapatiji together.

“Let us all fight this together to give relief to common citizens, the poor and stop this financial anarchy.”

The Trinamool Congress leader has opposed the Centre’s decision to spike Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes.

Banerjee and other political representatives who oppose the step are scheduled to meet the President later this week to talk about the “grim situation” across the nation since the demonetisation of November 8.