Mamata Banerjee meets Lalu Yadav in Patna, seeks support against demonetisation
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday met Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) President Lalu Prasad Yadav to seek his support for the protest against demonetisation.
Mamata’s meet has come ahead of her party’s rally in Patna on Wednesday against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes. Mamata Banerjee has been a vocal opponent of demonetisation and has been leading protest marches against the move in various parts of the country.
Lalu Prasad Yadav on Twitter said that he discussed difficulties faced by people due to improper implementation of demonetisation with Mamata Banerjee and RJD will join her protest on Wednesday.
Speaking to media after meeting, Mamata said, “I have come here to meet Lalu ji, heard before Chhath that he is not well. I came to enquire about his health”. The Bengal Chief Minister said that common people are suffering due to demonetisation and “Lalu ji” and Rabri Devi also share the same view.
Mamata said that she has appealed all parties to join her against demonetisation.
Lalu and his party have been against the demonetisation unlike his ally Nitish Kumar’s party Janata Dal (United) who were seen praising PM Modi’s decision to demonetise high value notes.
Previously, no top RJD leader had joined hands with the Congress on its November 28 protest on the demonetisation policy, in spite of Lalu expressing solidarity on the issue to Sonia Gandhi.
On Tuesday, Mamata on Twitter announced that Trinamool will take the “people’s movement” against demonetisation to Gardani Bagh Dharnasthal in Patna. Sources confirmed that the Nitish government, though not publicly supporting the protest, had promptly given permission for the rally.