Featured Image: Mamata Banerjee speaking at the anti-demonetisation rally in Lucknow on Tuesday. Photo courtesy: AITC.
29 November: UTTAR Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav today saved the day for Trinamool supremo Mamata Banerjee by sending his cabinet colleagues and Samajwadi Party workers to her anti-demonetisation rally at Gomtinagar in Lucknow.
This is even as Akhilesh himself stayed away from the rally, which many believe is a signal to the BJP.
The major chunk of the audience at Trinamool supremo’s rally was women workers of the Samajwadi Party. There were quite a large number of media persons as well. UP’s ruling party decked up the roads leading to the rally venue by putting up party flags on both sides of the road.
On the dais were present Akhilesh Yadav’s cabinet colleagues Pawan Pandey and Arvind Kumar Singh and senior Samajwadi Party leader Kiranmay Nanda who originally hails from Bengal.
Addressing the rally, the Trinamool chief urged people to give a fitting reply to BJP by not casting single vote during the upcoming UP Assembly elections. “Respond to note ban with vote ban,” she said.
Banerjee warned Narendra Modi say: “The people of Uttar Pradesh have made you Prime Minister and they can remove you from the post too. You have started note-bandi, people will reply with vote-bandi.”
Referring to the frequent change in rules for exchange of demonetised notes and withdrawal of deposits from bank, she accused the PM of mismatch between words and actions.
Trinamool chief accused that BJP alleging that the party believed in the politics of riots and violence. Clarifying that her fight against note ban will continue, she said that on Wednesday she would hold a rally at Gardani Bagh Dharnasthal in Patna from 01 pm.
WHY ONLY THREE WEEKS?
Mamata Banerjee has termed Prime Minister’s directive to BJP MPs for submitting their bank transaction details to party president Amit Shah a farce.
“Why only account details from Nov 8? Just 3 weeks. Why not last 2 1/2 years all details? PM Ji you think you alone are intelligent and the rest are…??? After your 21 days of note bandi, the whole country is ghar bandi, so why this farce?” she tweeted soon after landing in Patna this evening.