Mamata Banerjee and Arvind Kejriwal, the two opposition chief ministers, who have been demanding a rollback of demonetisation exercise, today took to streets of Delhi, terming the measure as "dictatorial" and warning of an unrest if it was not withdrawn in three days.
With public frustration and agony over the continuing cash crunch boiling over, the two also demonstrated outside the RBI office on Parliament Street and demanded that they be informed about the availability of cash, but in vain.
Addressing traders at Azadpur wholesale fruit and vegetable market, the biggest such marketplace in the national capital, Delhi Chief Minister Kejriwal described demonetisation of high-value currency notes as the "biggest scam" in independent India's history, while his West Bengal counterpart Banerjee said Prime Minister Narendra Modi should not run the country like a "dictator", calling their protest a fight to save the country.
The Delhi Chief Minister alleged that demonetisation was being carried out to write-off around Rs 8 lakh crore of loan owed by Modi's "corporate friends" by collecting Rs 10 lakh crore from the people through the exercise.
"Black money is flooding the market again. Notes are being home delivered to some people. This is independent India's biggest scam.
The government wants to amass Rs 10 lakh crore by forcing the people to deposit their money in banks and use that amount to write off loans of Modiji's friends.
He warned there will be unrest if the measure was not rolled back in three days.
In her address, Banerjee attacked the Prime Minister and made light of the argument that people should use plastic money, saying only 4 per cent people in India use cards for transaction.
Asserting that she will continue her fight for the people, Banerjee challenged the government to take any action against her. "I am not scared. I will continue my fight. If you have courage, put me in jail, shoot me."
However, BJP chief Amit Shah made a stout defence of the government, which also came under attack in the two houses of Parliament over demonetisation, saying those opposing the exercise were "exposing" themselves as anyone who is clean has no reason to oppose the move.