TMC to hold rallies against demonetisation in Bengal

Kolkata, Nov 19 (IANS) Stepping up the offensive against the Narendra Modi government on the demonetisation issue, West Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress will take out a rally in Kolkata on November 23, the party announced here on Saturday.

Similar rallies will be taken out in the districts and blocks in the subsequent two days.

“Trinamool’s state unit will hit the streets in protest against the note scandal,” party’s All India Vice President Mukul Roy told the media.

The rally will start from College Square in north Kolkata and end at the Dorina Crossing about 3 km away.

Ministers, parliamentarians, legislators, office-bearers and party’s mass organisation representatives will be part of the rally, scheduled to start at 1 p.m.

On November 24, rallies will be brought out in all the district headquarters. Block level rallies will be held the next day.

Asked whether Trinamool supremo Mamata Banerjee, who has been in the forefront of the protests both at the national and state levels against the Modi government’s decision to scrap high denomination currency notes, would be part of the Kolkata rally, Roy gave an open-ended answer.

“This is a programme of the state unit of All India Trinamool Congress. She is our all India chief. She is very busy. Whether she will be part of the rally or not, depends on her,” he said.