There would be a judicial probe into demonetization scandal if the united Opposition is voted to power, says Trinamool Congress Chief Mamata Banerjee in her party’s manifesto released today. The firebrand leader also promised a more robust ‘200 days’ work’ than a 100 days of work and favoured to bring back the Planning Commission to replace Niti Aayog.
However, these promises and more will only come about if an anti-BJP coalition comes to power at the Centre.
In the opening paragraphs of the TMC manifesto, Banerjee said the entire nation was subjected to a lot of harassment due to withdrawal of currency notes.
Mamata said “Thus, my demand to the new government, when Common Minimum Programme (CMP) will be put in place by the united opposition, will be to institute a judicial probe monitored by a former Supreme Court judge. We want a 100 days’ work to be doubled to 200 days’ work. The daily wage which now is Rs 191 has to be doubled to in the CMP.”
Mamata’s other key demand is to bring the Planning Commission back in-line with Federal Governance.
“The Planning Commission was the brainchild of Subhas Chandra Bose. The Modi Government disbanded it and created Niti Aayog, full of their men and they refused to operate it like Planning Commission where the officials were in close touch with the States, used to ask about the demands, nature of spending but everything has stopped,” she said.
Mamata’s demand, a list of 12, ranges from special packages for the farmers, social security scheme for the workers in the unorganized sector and review of the GST by an expert committee. She brought forth the need to stand up and save the nation from hatred, divisive and authoritarian forces.