Source: News Bharati English17 Nov 2016 15:38:58

New Delhi, November 17: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee along with her MPs led a march to Rashtrapati Bhawan petitioning the President against Central government’s demonetisation move. Former Jammu and Kashmir CM Omar Abdullah and leaders of BJP-ally Shiv Sena too walked along with Mamata Banerjee even as Rajya Sabha took up the debate on the issue.

Mamata Banerjee has been pivotal in gathering the Opposition ranks against government’s demonetisation move. While the opposition has been attacking Modi government over the issue, there has been lack of unanimity over march to the President.

“We had a successful meeting with the President during which we discussed the issue. And the President said he would look into the matter,” she said, after emerging out of the Rashtrapati Bhawan.

Calling the situation arising out of demonitisation a “sort of constitutional crisis”, the contingent of leaders submitted a memorandum before President Pranab Mukherjee.

President Pranab Mukherjee has already welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's announcement of demonetisation of Rs. 1,000 and Rs. 500 notes. On 9 November, he said Prime Minister Modi called on him on Tuesday evening and briefed about the government's decision to declare that all Rs. 1000 and 500 currency notes will cease to be legal tender from midnight on Tuesday. President Mukherjee welcomed the bold step taken by the government which will help unearth unaccounted money as well as counterfeit currency, a Rashtrapati Bhavan statement said.

“Stop harassment of the common people by lifting of all sorts of restrictions recently thrust upon them,” the five-page memorandum said, and added “ensure that supply of essential commodities in adequate quantities be restored in the markets forthwith.”

In a rally at Azadpur in the national capital, Mamta attacked the government saying that- "Such a crisis was not even seen during Emergency. This decision may take #India 100 years back".

On Sunday, Mamata Banerjee had called up several opposition leaders to work in unison over the issue of demonetisation. Besides Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, she had also reached out to the CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury, keeping ideological differences aside.

The opposition, though held several parleys to strategise their move, there were differences over the march to the President’s door at this stage.

Her reachout, meanwhile, have caused dents in the government ranks with long-time BJP ally Shiv Sena joining the Mamata-led march. Shiv Sena, however, clarified that they are not demanding a roll-back of demonetisation but are only expressing solidarity with the Opposition on the subject of public inconvenience caused by the move.

“We welcome the demonetisation move. But we are against the inconvenience caused to people due to it. We have not signed the memorandum (that will be presented to the President Pranab Mukherjee),” said Gajanan Kirtikar of Shiv Sena who took part in the march.

While the Aam Adami Party Chief Arvind Kejriwal has also started a fullfledged campaign to malign the #Demonetisation drive. Kejriwal has termed it as the "biggest scam since Independence" and told the government to "roll back currency ban in 3 days, otherwise there will be unrest".

Arvind Kejriwal alleged that while people are lined up outside banks, but Narendra Modi government allowed Vijay Mallya to run away from country. Demonetisation is independent India’s biggest scam worth 8 lakh crore. Country’s industrialists owe 8 lakh crore loan to banks, Centre has already written off loan worth 1.14 lakh crore.
Centre estimating total deposit from people will be around 10 lakh crore rupees. Modi will waive 8 lakh crore loan of friends, claimed Kejriwal without giving any proof to support his statements.

Interestingly, while Mamta and Kejriwal were trying to gain support for their anti-modi jibes, many locals were seen chanting pro Modi slogans at the same venue.