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ATM Now Means 'Ayega Tab Milega', Mamata Banerjee Slams Modi's Demonetisation Move

"Initially ATM meant 'All time Money."

16/11/2016 4:26 PM IST | Updated 16/11/2016 4:39 PM IST
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NEW DELHI -- After leading a march of opposition leaders to Rashtrapati Bhawan on Wednesday, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said now common people have to wait for cash to arrive in ATMs.

"Initially ATM meant 'All time Money' now it is 'Aayega tab milega'," she said.

Banerjee along with leaders of the Shiv Sena, National Conference and Aam Aadmi Party met President Pranab Mukherjee to protest against the problems caused to people over the government's move to demonetise ₹500 and ₹1000 currency notes as they continued their tirade against the Modi government.

Addressing the media, Banerjee took a dig at the Centre's alleged mismanagement over cash crunch.

"We have requested the President to speak to the government and bring back normalcy in the country," she said.

She hoped President Pranab Mukherjee, who served as the finance minister during UPA regime, would take the appropriate steps to resolve the situation.

"The Trinamool Congress will move an adjournment motion in the Lok Sabha against demonetisation," Banerjee said.

About 40 MPs took part in the march.

Leaders of the other opposition parties, including the Congress, the Left , SP and BSP did not take part in the march.

While the opposition parties participating in the march demanded a complete reversal of the demonetisation of ₹1000 and ₹500 notes, the Shiv Sena differed on the issue and insisted that the government extend the deadline of accepting old currency.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 8 November announced the decision to demonetise ₹500 and ₹1,000 currency notes, leading to huge queues outside banks and ATMs to exchange the banned notes, deposit them, or withdraw currency that is legal tender.

Earlier, President Mukherjee welcomed the bold step taken by the government which will help unearth unaccounted money as well as counterfeit currency, a Rashtrapati Bhavan statement said.

President Mukherjee called upon people not to panic and to follow the government's guidelines for exchanging currency notes available with them.

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