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Didi protests in Bihar over note ban, Lalu family gives it a miss


Those supporting Modi are traitors: Mamata

Patna : RJD president Lalu Prasad, his wife and former chief minister Rabri Devi and their two sons, deputy chief minister Tejeshwai Yadav and health minister Tejpratap Yadav did not turn up at Gardanibagh Athelic Grounds where West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee held a rally against demonetisation.

Mamata had visited RJD Chief Lalu Prasad on Tuesday night and met his wife and former Chief Minister Rabri Devi as well as her younger son Tejaswi Yadav, the Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar.

“Mamta was extended support by Lalu Prasad after she sought endorsement for her protest against Modi’s decision,” senior party leader Bhola Yadav said.

The TMC president arrived here on Tuesday evening.

Lalu Prasad, who has been unwell for the past few days, could not attend the rally, party leaders said.

The venue of her rally was one km away from 10, Circular Road residence of Lalu.

In her brief speech, Mamata attacked the Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar without naming him. She said those who are supporting the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on demonetisation issue are traitors. She thanked Lalu for his support to her anti-demonetisation campaign.

Slamming Modi, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief said the Prime Minister has imposed a “super-emergency” in the country by demonetising Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes.

“Modi has snatched the freedom of people to live. By demonetisation, he has snatched rights of roti (food), kapda (cloth) and makaan (house) from the people,” she said.

The West Bengal Chief Minister was accompanied by her party leaders and leaders from the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD).

“Modi has badly hit the age-old savings by women in their house. Women used to save some money for emergency purpose but Modi has ended it by demonetisation. It is an insult to women power also,” she added.

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