November 6, 2017
On November 8, the Narendra Modi intends to celebrate an ‘anti-black money day’ while the Opposition has vowed to hold protests against last year’s demonetisation announcement.
Edited by Dev Goswami
Two days before the Narendra Modi government and the Opposition lock horns over the controversial demonestiation exercise, West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee has a suggestion on how to protest PM Modi’s note ban move: By changing Twitter display pictures to black.
On November 8, the day same day last year when Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a surprise prime-time address invalidated high-value currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000, the government intends to celebrate an ‘anti-black money day’, a nod to one of the self-confessed goals of the demonetisation exercise.
Opposition parties, on the other hand, plan to hold nationwide protests over an exercise they said harmed the Indian economy as well as the country’s small and medium businessmen and traders.
The Opposition plans to observe a “black day” on November 8, a Wednesday as it seeks to continue its attack on the Modi government on the topic of the economy.
Calling note ban a “disaster”, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said, “On #Nov8BlackDay to protest against this scam that destroyed the economy, let us also change our Twitter DP to black.”
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) November 6, 2017
Mamata’s comments come just a day after PM Modi hit back at the Opposition, saying he wasn’t afraid of protests and that his fight against corruption would continue. PM Modi also directly targeted the Congress party, whose vice-president Rahul Gandhi has been leading a frontal attack on the Modi government on economy.
Gandhi has said that demonetisation hurt the nation’s small and medium traders and is even expected to spend November 8 with traders in poll-bound Gujarat’s Surat.