The protest against demonetisaton is now being run on social media as well. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Congress MP Shashi Tharoor have changed their Twitter display picture to black on the first anniversary of demonetisation.
“I have turned my Twitter display pictured black #DeMoDisaster. Let us raise our voices,” Mamata tweeted.
In a Facebook post, Mamata termed demonetisation a big scam and a way to convert black money into white money. “Demonetisation was not to combat black money. It was only to convert black money into white money for vested interests of political party in power. Black money became ‘white fund’ for them and the country was plunged into darkness. No black money could yet be brought out from the foreign accounts,” Mamata said.
Backing Mamata’s appeal, even Thiruvananthapuram MP changed his Twitter picture. “The reasons my DP is black today, the 1st anniversary of the #DeMoDisaster,” Tharoor tweeted.
The Opposition will mark the first anniversary of demonetisation as ‘black day’. Eighteen opposition parties will protest against the government move and holding it responsible for economic slowdown, unemployment among others.
On November 8, 2016, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took the nation by surprise as he declared that old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes as illegal tender accounting of 86 per cent of banknotes in circulation then. The government had claimed that the move was aimed to check black money and terror funding. In order to meet cash crunch, the government introduced Rs 200, Rs 500 and Rs 2,000 notes.