Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee held a joint protest rally at Azadpur Mandi in the national capital. This is the first combined effort of the two CMs against the demonetisation drive launched by the Centre.
The joint front of the two CMs sought a roll back of the scheme within the next three days and threatened to intensify protests in the coming days.
Kejriwal, speaking after Banerjee, took on Prime Minister Narendra Modi directly and accused him of helping liquor baron Vijay Mallya flee the country. He said while common people are standing in queues outside banks and ATMs, Mallya was enjoying in London.
The Delhi chief minister also assailed the government over the number of deaths of people while trying to exchange old currency notes. “Marriages are being broken and people are killing themselves…Who is responsible for their deaths?” Kejriwal thundered into the microphone.
“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.”, added Kejriwal.