"There is no chance of rethinking and we will go ahead (in fight against black money)", Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu told reporters after a meeting of the NDA partners and floor leaders of the ruling combine's constituent parties on Monday. He had also promised to deposit Rs 15 lakh in each bank account.
Banerjee will reach New Delhi on Tuesday and meet among others Delhi Chief Minister and AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal, who has come out strongly against the demonetisation. Kejriwal also demanded a Supreme Court monitored probe into the entire exercise. Even the Aam Aadmi Party later formed a government in Delhi with the help of the Congress. People of this country know who is against black money and who is for black money.
Modi returned over the weekend when the upset that he had caused - dubbed "minor inconveniences" by Jaitley - had reached such a crisis point that he choked back tears during one of three theatrically emotional speeches.
Terming demonetisation as a "surgical strike" on black money, BJP National Secretary Shrikant Sharma claimed that the general public is in the support of the move and now it has taken a shape of "people's movement".
Akhilesh Yadav: "I am very clear on this.black money should not be generated". Taking action is welcome, but the government seems to be conveniently ignoring the most relevant aspect of the issue- black money stashed abroad- which forms nearly 70% of India's illegal wealth.
Modi appealed for people to bear the "pain" till December 30, not just two or three weeks.
People queue up outside an ATM in Lucknow on Sunday.
Nearly all opposition parties at the all-party meeting chaired yesterday by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said demonetisation had not been properly implemented, adding the move has led to chaos.
"Akhilesh ji, in the last four and a half years, you accumulated black money".
There are reports of income tax raids on shops and businesses, and officials have warned that people depositing large sums of old notes would be penalised if they could not explain where the cash came from. Those standing in long queues at ATMs and banks to exchange/withdraw a few thousand rupees of their hard-earned money, those dying in hospitals due to refusal to accept old currency, and those going to bed on an empty stomach-are the actual sufferers of this move.
"The vision of your "kadak chai" haunting them in their nightmares are not the rich and mighty, but the poorest of the poor of this country", Amarinder said.