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Centre snatching people's money instead of bringing it back from Swiss banks: Mamata

Updated: Nov 22, 2016 15:32 IST

Kolkata [India], Nov. 22 (ANI): West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday accused the Centre of snatching away the "white money" from the people of the nation, instead of doing its job and bringing back the "black money" stashed in Swiss banks abroad.

The Trinamool Congress supremo further stated that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would get a befitting reply from the people in the next Assembly Elections, adding that it won't get any garner from the people who have lost faith in the government.

"The TMC will protest against demonetisation. Our party extends support to the united opposition. We will request all the political parties and will appeal to all the farmers and the shopkeepers to protest. The BJP will get befitting reply from the people. They won't be able to get any vote this time. They were supposed to bring back black money from Swiss bank, instead they snatched the white money from the common people," she added.

Mamata further asserted that this is a fight of the people and they should win.

"This is a fight of the people and we need to make them win. If anybody wants to join us, I will welcome them. We will continue the protest till the matter is solved. The people will get justice. From tomorrow we will launch a nation-wide political movement," she asserted.

The Lok Sabha earlier today witnessed tumultuous scenes as a united opposition stuck to its demand to discuss the demonetisation issue under rules entailing voting.

As soon as the House assembled, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge reiterated that the Question Hour should be suspended to start the discussion. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, however, did not allow the suspension.

Opposition members belonging to the Congress, Trinamool Congress (TMC), Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Samajwadi Party trooped into the well of the House raising slogans against the government. Amid the din, the Speaker adjourned the House till noon.

Similar scenes were witnessed in the Rajya with the opposition demanding the Prime Minister's presence in the House and payment of compensation to those who died of trauma while queuing up before banks and ATMs following demonetisation of high value currency notes.

The House was adjourned twice till noon as Opposition repeatedly trooped into the well.

Earlier today, Prime Minister Modi asserted that the demonetization of high value currency is just a beginning of his government's deep and continuous struggle against black money.

Addressing the BJP parliamentary party meeting here, the Prime Minister said the decision is in the interest of poor and middle class, adding that his government is dedicated to eradicate the evils of black money and corruption which have affected people in the last 70 years. (ANI)