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Mamata Banerjee snubs BJP, says it is snatching public money not bringing it back from Swiss banks

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 22 November 2016, 16:05 IST

Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government and accused it of snatching away "white money" from the nation, instead of doing its job and bringing back the "black money" stashed in Swiss banks.

She added that the BJP would get a befitting reply from the people in the next Assembly elections, adding that it won't get any support from those 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," she said.

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 from 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 Sabha 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 at banks and ATMs following demonetisation of high value currency notes.

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

--With ANI inputs

First published: 22 November 2016, 16:05 IST