Kolkata, Nov 22: West Bengal chief minister, Mamata Banerjee who has been leading the anti demonetisation protests has now asked why there is no image of the Bengal Tiger on the new Rs 2,000 note.
According to Mamata Banerjee, the picture of the Royal Bengal Tiger is missing not by accident but by design.
Mamata further said,''Everyone knows about Sunderban and Royal Bengal tigers. In the 2000 rupee note, Bengal tigers are not seen. Whereas a picture of Elephant which is called as 'National Heritage' is featured. But the national animal Tiger is not there''. ''Even the BRICS symbol has been turned into a lotus. The government is doing anything it wants,'' added Mamata.
The 2,000 rupees note has printed image of Mahatma Gandhiji and a Mangalyaan (reflecting country's first venture in the interplanetary space) at the back of the note.
The now defunct 1000 and 500 rupee notes did not have pictures of any animals on them. The new currency note was introduced in order to come down hard on people stashing black money in cash as well as people peddling counterfeit notes.