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It Should Be PM Jaitley Or Advani, Mamata Banerjee urges President

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is in no mood to stop attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi's demonetization drive and today she made a suggestion - that he should quit and make way for a "national government" to be headed by senior BJP leader LK Advani or Finance Minister Arun Jaitley or Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

Banerjee, furious over the arrest of her party lawmakers in a ponzi scam, urged President Pranab Mukherjee to step in and "save the country from Narendra Modi".

"It is high time the President intervened and saved the country. That person (PM Modi) can't lead the nation. He should step down. There should be a national government," said the Chief Minister, adding that all opposition parties should sink their differences and come together to save the nation.

The comments come a day after the President said that the notes ban announced on November 8 could lead to a temporary economic slowdown.

Praising the statement, Mamata Banerjee said: "I have never seen such a vindictive government at the Centre. They are breaking age-old institutions like the Planning Commission and others. They are breaking the backbone of the government."

Alleging that the Central government had let loose a "reign of terror" on those critical of its policies, she claimed that the ban on 500 and 1,000 rupee notes had led to a loss of Rs 5,500 crore to her state.

She has accused the Centre of using the CBI to target her party men as revenge for her aggressive campaign against the notes ban.

Trinamool lawmakers Tapas Pal and Sudip Bandyopadhyay were arrested in quick succession recently in connection with the "Rose Valley scam" worth 15,000 crores, in which lakhs of small investors were tricked out of their money.

Banerjee called the arrests "Trinamool-bandi after note-bandi" and said they are intended to intimidate her into calling off her campaign.