‘Bharat Bandh’ LIVE: Congress workers detained in Jammu; MK Stalin in preventive custody

Congress party clarified on Sunday that the call was only for countrywide protests and not for a complete shutdown.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 28, 2016 1:33 pm
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The opposition parties led by Congress are organising ‘Jan Akrosh Divas’ on Monday to protest against the “poor” implementation of BJP-led central government’s demonetisation policy. The large-scale protests were first called by Congress party and other parties joined the call. However, TMC chief Mamata Banerjee – who has been spearheading the protests against demonetisation outside Parliament – has announced that her party will not join the protests. She said that it will add to the inconvenience of people who are already suffering because of demonetisation.

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Apart from that, Janata Dal (United) is also not supporting the protests. Bihar Chief Minister and party president Nitish Kumar has said that he supports the demonetisation drive and only wants government to put an end to the inconvenience caused to people. Other parties including INLD in Haryana, Telangana Rashtra Samithihas and Karnataka Congress have also backed out of the protests. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced the demonetisation policy on November 8.

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The central government has decided to form sub committees of chief ministers to deal with the problems related to demonetisation

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Mamata Banerjee: Market, cinema, theater, everything has been affected. He did not care about the common people

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Mamata Banerjee is now addressing the people in West Bengal. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi suddenly came up with demonetisation decision acting like God,” ANI quoted her as saying.

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We decided to observe ‘Jan Akrosh Diwas’ in a meeting of 18 parties. Prime Minister is responsible for the ‘Bharat bandh”: Ghulam Nabi Azad

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Left Front chairman Biman Bose says they are not demanding to “keep the black money like TMC”

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DMK leader MK Stalin and party workers taken into custody by police in Chennai

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Life in Tripura has been affected by 12-hour shutdown called by left parties. As per IANS report, offices, businesses, educational institution and banks remained closed today morning.

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Rahul Gandhi responds to PM Narendra Modi’s remark on demonetisation. “Let PM come and talk to us inside the house,” he said.

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Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi says the protest is against blockade of black money.

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MoS Jitendra Singh says the protest by opposition parties is against “125 crore” people of the country who “have whole-heartedly supported demonetisation”.

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BJP workers in Nagpur, Maharashtra observe ‘Jan Abhaar Diwas’ to counter Congress’ ‘Jan Akrosh Diwas’. They are distributing flowers and sweets to people who are working today

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Maoists extend their support to Bandh in Odisha against demonetisation

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There should be anger against black money, but it’s sad that opposition is reacting in the opposite way: Union Minister Ananth Kumar

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Initially they supported demonetisation, but surprisingly today Odisha Govt has shut down schools and colleges: Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan

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BJP MP from Asansol Babul Supriyo says that opposition parties are protesting against demonetisation because they could not hide their black money.

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DMK workers take to streets in Chennai to protest against demonetisation

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As per local reports, the Odisha government has ordered educational institutes to remain shut today

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So far the situation seems to be normal in most parts of the country. People are going to their offices, schools and colleges are open.

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Congress leader Salman Khurshid says Prime Minister Narendra Modi should reveal his idea of democracy if he thinks protests are bad.

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AIR news reports that Congress-led Himachal Pradesh government has decided to refrain from the Bharat bandh

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Despite the order of the MD to offer KSRTC services during hartal in Kerala, the state-run buses are staying off the roads.

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CPI(ML) workers stop train in Darbhanga to protest, reports ANI.

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TMC’s Derek O’Brien says on Twitter that only Left parties are supporting the protest in West Bengal. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will only lead a people’s protest march.

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Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha and Congress member Ghulam Nabi Azad reiterates that they have called for ‘jan akrosh divas’ (nationwide protest) and not bharat banth (shutdown).

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Some private vehicles and three-wheelers are running in Thiruvananthapuram and other cities. However, the state capital is expecting a string of protests during the day.

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Life has come to a standstill in Kerala with the ruling LDF backing the protests. However, state-run KSRTC buses have been exempted, along with tourism activities. Marriage parties and Sabarimala devotees have also been exempted.

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The protest called by opposition parties today is expected to begin in the morning. Congress party has clarified that it has not called for a shutdown. The banks, government offices, schools, etc will function normally. The Bangalore University has postponed its exams because of the protest. There are reports that some universities in Kerala have also decided the same.