Before the “Jan Aakrosh Day” which is to be observed on November 28 to oppose demonetisation move of the govenment, a crack has been observed in the Opposition. Bihar Chief Minister and JD (U) leader Nitish Kumar has withdrawn from the protests. In Bihar, JD (U), RJD and Congress are having alliance.
Congress and RJD are strongly opposing demonetisation move. Congress is leading the Opposition’s protest both inside and outside of the Parliament. In these scenario, the Opposition is witnessing divide with JD (U) not participating in the protests.
However, Congress, TMC, CPM, CPI, NCP, BSP, AAP and RJD are expected to be part of protests on Monday. TMC leader Mamata Banerjee had earlier lead the protest march to Rashtrapati Bhawan.
Congress on Sunday made it clear it has not called for a ‘Bharat bandh’ on Monday, but will hold protests across the country against demonetisation, which it alleged “was a political move being sold as a fight against corruption”.
Speaking to reporters here, party leader Jairam Ramesh said Prime Minister Narendra Modi believes in “dhamaka” politics and the decision to scrap high-value currency notes was taken because he had seen the “writing on the wall” in Uttar Pradesh, where polls are due next year.
He claimed that Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes were scrapped to cover up the government’s failure to deliver on the Prime Minister’s big electoral promise of bringing back black money stashed abroad and Modi wanted to do something “dramatic”.
“It is a political move which is being sold as a fight against corruption,” Ramesh said hitting out at the Centre.
(With PTI inputs)