New Delhi: The opposition to demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes escalated on Thursday afternoon as Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Bannerjee and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal held a public rally in the national capital’s Azadpur Mandi area to criticise the same.
"Earlier it was Rs 4500, now they have reduced the withdrawal limit to Rs 2000. They want to sell this country. They are trying to break the constitution. We cannot allow that… If this decision (demonetisation) is not taken back in 3 days, we will intensify our protest," Banerjee said while addressing the rally comprising farmers, labourers and traders.
She added that the current situation was worse than during the Emergency and said: "If you have courage, send us to jail or shoot us. But we will continue fighting… We will not allow the poor to go hungry. We will continue to fight for this country."
Kejriwal also addressed the rally and said that he would be at the forefront of every fight against black money but demonetising Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes and introducing Rs 2,000 notes was not the right way to fight this menace.
He also attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Vijay Mallya by saying that Modi helped the latter escape the country and that the businessman was now "sitting and enjoying in London."
"Common people are standing in queues. People's marriages are being broken and there are others killing themselves. Who is responsible for their deaths?" the Delhi CM added.