Mumbai: Responding to reports of party chief Uddhav Thackeray holding talks with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in connection with opposing Centre’s move of banning high denomination notes, Shiv Sena on Tuesday said that it would do anything to help the common man.
Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said that the sufferings of the common man matter more that political differences. “It is true that talks are on between Mamata Banerjee and Uddhav Thackeray. This is not an issue involving politics, this is a matter which concerns the common man. Shiv Sena will make any and every effort to reduce the pain of the common man,” said Raut.
Banerjee earlier in the day once again dubbed the government’s fresh proposal that all bank branches will from now on use indelible ink marks for disbursing cash as a desperate attempt to start a ‘black mechanism’. “There is desperate attempt to start a ‘black mechanism’ with indelible ink. It shows this government distrusts the common people,” Banerjee told the media here.
Stating that the situation post demonetisation was quite serious, the TMC supremo said that she would be meeting President Pranab Mukherjee tomorrow to hand over a protest memorandum. Meanwhile, TMC spokesperson Derek O’Brien told ANI that Mamata and leaders of other parties will meet the President at 1:30 pm on Wednesday.
“Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah will also accompany Mamata Banerjee,” he said. The TMC supremo had earlier also tried to bring the Left on board on this issue.
The Congress, TMC, Left Parties, YSR Congress and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) on Monday huddled to strike a common strategy for the Winter Session that starts on Wednesday and will continue till December 16. Almost all opposition parties at the all-party meeting chaired yesterday by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said demonetisation had not been properly implemented, adding the move has led to chaos.
Prime Minister Modi, however, told the NDA allies that there was no need to be defensive on the government’s decision as there is widespread support for it and people are ready to face hardships for larger gains. He urged NDA allies to go to the public and explain the long-term benefits of demonetisation in curbing corruption and black money.