PROTESTING AGAINST demonetisation of higher currency notes, AAP national convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will address a rally of traders, farmers and labourers at Azadpur Mandi Thursday.
Kejriwal and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had earlier met traders and farmers at major trading centres in Azadpur, Chandni Chowk and east Delhi to take stock of the implications of the move.
On Wednesday, as Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee and other MPs from TMC, Shiv Sena, and former Jammu and Kashmir CM Omar Abdullah marched from Parliament to the Rashtrapati Bhavan, seeking rollback of demonetisation, AAP MP Bhagwant Mann too joined in.
Though Kejriwal was invited to join the march, sources close to him told The Indian Express that he did not want to be seen rallying with some leaders who have “corruption charges” against them.
Senior party leaders, however, said that Kejriwal has a good rapport with Mamata and will back her in the protest against demonetisation. “Mamata Banerjee will also be addressing the rally at Azadpur Mandi. All of you do come,” the CM tweeted on Wednesday, soon after he announced that he will address the rally at 11.30 am on Thursday.
“At the rally, Kejriwal will expose the big scam that is demonetisation. While the common man has to face so much hardship in queues, those with black money are going scot-free,” an official AAP statement read.