Currency ban: Azadpur Mandi traders protest against Arvind Kejriwal, Mamata Banerjee; remove posters of proposed rally ​

In yet another sign of public support to Narendra Modi government's currency ban, the traders at Delhi's Azadpur Mandi today removed posters of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee's proposed rally against demonetisation issue on Thursday.

By Ritesh K Srivastava | Last Updated: Nov 17, 2016, 17:04 PM IST
Currency ban: Azadpur Mandi traders protest against Arvind Kejriwal, Mamata Banerjee; remove posters of proposed rally ​

New Delhi: In yet another sign of growing public support to the Narendra Modi government's currency ban move, the traders at Delhi's Azadpur Mandi today removed posters of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee's proposed rally against demonetisation issue on Thursday.

According to Zee Media, the posters were removed by a group of angry traders, who also shouted slogans against Kejriwal and Mamata.

Hundreds of traders shouted slogans against Delhi Chief Minister and accused him of playing politics over the demonetisation issue.

He is most corrupt of all politicians. He is just doing politics and nothing else, said one protester.

Many of them wore black ribbons and shouted ''Kejriwal hai Hai'' and ''Kejriwal chor hai.''

Kejriwal had earlier faced similar protest in Laxminagar locality when he went to address a gathering on the currency ban issue. 

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee had announced yesterday that they will address a rally against demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes oraganised by the Aam Aadmi Party on Thursday.

The rally was later held at the Azadpur Mandi, the biggest vegetable and fruits wholesale hub in the national capital. Delhi CM along with AAP leaders and TMC chief Mamata Banerjee reached there amid unprecedented security. A large number of policemen were deployed to maintain the law and order situation there.

"Public meeting against demonetisation at 11 am at Azadpur Mandi (Thursday). People who are facing problems due to demonetisation reach there," Kejriwal had said in a series of tweets yesterday.

Kejriwal had also announced that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is also protesting against the Centre's decision to demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes, will also join him and address farmers, traders and labourers.

"Against demonetisation, Mamata Banerjee will also address Azadpur Mandi's public meeting with me. All reach there," the Delhi CM had said in another tweeted.

Kejriwal's decision to hold a rally of farmers, traders and labourers came a day after he urged President Pranab Mukherjee to direct the Centre to withdraw demonetisation move while demanding a Supreme Court-monitored probe into the scrapping of high currency notes.

Earlier on Wednesday, AAP MP Bhagwant Mann joined the march from Parliament to President House led by Banerjee against demonetisation

Kejriwal and the AAP have been maintaining that the scheme is only causing hardship to the poor and has hit farmers and traders, who are forced to deal in cash due to the nature of the market and the economy involved.

The Chief Minister, who on Tuesday moved a resolution against the Centre's decision, had termed the demonetisation as "fraud" on the nation aimed at benefiting a "particular political party", a veiled reference to BJP.