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‘Will see who stands where in Parliament & decide’: CPI(M) vary of Mamata’s offer

New Delhi: CPI(M) on Monday adopted a cautious approach over arch rival TMC’s suggestion to join hands to oppose the Centre’s demonetisation move, saying it would like to wait to know the government’s stand in Parliament first and then see “who stands where” in the House on the issue.

CPI(M) reiterated its “match-fixing” allegations against TMC and BJP, contending that there has not been much progress in CBI’s probe into Saradha and Narada scams, allegedly involving some leaders of West Bengal’s ruling party, and sought to see what will be TMC’s position in the House.

Speaking to reporters here, CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury also sought to pick holes in the move to demonetise Rs 1000 and Rs 500 currency notes, claiming that Prime Minister’s stated objectives including those of tackling corruption will not be achieved with the steps taken.

He also claimed that the BJP-led government had gains in UP election in mind while making the move and reiterated his party’s charge that BJP leaders had prior information about the decision, referring to the West Bengal BJP depositing crores “few hours ahead of Modi’s November 8 announcement.”

Among others, the CPI(M) leader also asked the Centre and West Bengal government to follow suit of the CPI(M)-led LDF government’s decision to allow people “who are facing hardships” to use the old notes at public utilities till December 31 this year “until the NDA government makes any alternate arrangement in this regard”.

Replying to questions on TMC chief Mamata Banerjee’s phone call, Yechury said “she called me and said people are facing hardships due to the decision, this is wrong and we should raise voice against it… I told her that Parliament session is nearing, some parties have given notices to suspend business and debate the issue.

“We would like to see what is going to be government’s stand on the issue and based on that, we will decide future steps.”

Reiterating his party’s allegations against the TMC in the run up to West Bengal polls, held earlier this year, the Marxist leader claimed there has not been much progress in CBI’s probe into the matter, allegedly owing to the “match-fixing between Didi Bhai and Modi Bhai.”

“Saradha, Narada scam cases are pending before the CBI. Why there is no progress in it? So, whatever it is, it will become clear on the floor of the house,” he said.

PTI