In a sign of further deteriorating relations between the BJP-lead Government in the Centre and Trinamool Congress Government in west Bengal, the state’s Finance minister Amit Mitra walked out of pre-budget meet.
Speaking to media persons he said that post demonetisation, financial emergency continues in the country and that the budget has become meaningless. Stressing on the conditions that workers facing, the state finance minister said that Centre is not bothered even as the diamond workers have returned to West Bengal from Gujarat due to lack of work and the leather industry in the state also collapsing.
His decision to walk out of the meet has come on a day when his party is protesting against the arrest of its leaders Sudip Bandyopadhyay and Tapas Pal in the Rose valley chit fund scam, which is alleged to be bigger than the Saradha scam.
Yesterday, shocked by the arrest of Sudip Bandyopadhyay, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of using ED, CBI and Income Tax department against those who protested against demonetisation. She also dared him to arrest her and asserted that protest against demonetisation would continue.
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Last month, she along with Congress vice president organised a joint press conference in the national capital against the Centre’s demonetisation move. She had also organised a rally with Delhi Chief Minister on the issue in which the NDA Government on November 8 and banned higher valued notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 . After the decision people were seen standing in long lines in front of ATMs and banks in the hope of withdrawing money, many of whom often returned empty-handed due to lack of cash and around 100 even losing their lives.