Bharat Bandh today: India braces for large scale protests, shutdown

However, with most parties opting out of the protests, it is likely to be a flop show today, except maybe in Kerala and Bengal.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 28, 2016 10:30 am
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As people continue to face hardship standing in lines outside ATMs and banks, opposition parties have called for a nationwide protest against the demonetisation drive on Monday. Though many are expecting it to be a complete lockdown, Congress has clarified that it is not a ‘Bharat bandh’ or a countrywide shutdown but ‘Jan Aakrosh Diwas’ to hold protests over demonetisation. However, with most parties opting out of the protests, it is likely to be a flop show today, except maybe in Kerala and Bengal.

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Which parties are part of the protests?

Congress was the first to give the call for the protest on November 28. It will be joined by five Left parties that stage separate demonstrations across Odisha and West Bengal today. CPI state secretary Dibakar Naik said activists and leaders of the CPI, CPI-M, CPI-ML, SUCI and Forward Bloc would stage demonstrations in front of the RBI building here and SBI branches at all the district headquarters. In Kerala, there’s a high chance the Left government may join the strike. Odisha Congress chief Prasad Harichandan said the party would organise ‘Jana Akrosh’ rallies across the state. He said demonstrations and rallies would be held in all the 314 blocks and 30 districts of the state.

Which party has boycotted Bharat Bandh?

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee who has been in the forefront of protests against demonetisation, is not supporting the bandh calling it another inconvenience to people. The Janata Dal (United) also has said that it would not be a part of the nationwide stir. Party president Nitish Kumar said that he doesn’t oppose the demonetisation drive, but wants the government to end the inconvenience caused to the public. Even the Congress government in Karnataka has decided not to participate in the strike. In Haryana, Indian National Lok Dal president Ashok Arora has also announced that the party, instead of supporting the ‘Bandh’, will highlight the problems being faced by the people due to demonetisation and hold demonstrations before submitting memorandums to the administration. Telangana Rashtra Samithihas also said it will not be a part of the protest.

What will be affected the most?

There is no confirmation so far from the trade and transport unions whether they will be joning the strike or not. Since Left and TMC have a different stand on the band, West Bengal is expected to be most affected today. Private schools across the country have not declared a holiday today. However, the Bangalore University has postponed exams that were scheduled on Monday to another date citing Bharath Bandh. Reportedly, some of the universities in Kerala have even postponed admission processes as the state is expected to face a complete shutdown. Railways will function normally.

Will the banks remain open?

Public and private banks will remain open at this moment of cash crunch. The banks will open at their regular timings. However, in view of the fear of protests turning violent, the queue may be shorter today.

When does the bandh start?

It is expected to be 12-hour shut down beginning at 6 AM and continue till 6 PM.

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First Published on: November 27, 2016 10:23 pm
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    indian
    Nov 27, 2016 at 6:19 pm
    Chor chor mausere bhai
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      GandhiSpeaks
      Nov 27, 2016 at 6:45 pm
      Opposition playing politics over concerns of common man. They are calling a Bandh for themselves and not the people they claim they represent. Wonder why Mr. Pawar is in a silent mode.
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        Bharat
        Nov 27, 2016 at 8:56 pm
        There is no strike tmrw
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          Bhisen
          Nov 27, 2016 at 9:24 pm
          People Power will Prevail over Sanghis and Bhakt power. Revolution the only solution left to save India.
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            ModiHatao
            Nov 27, 2016 at 10:59 pm
            Modi is a stooge of Ambani and industrialist who bought media to promote himself and his evil agendas. He has led nation into a chaos, hope it's the end of this Fascist Dictator
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              Rahul gill
              Nov 28, 2016 at 11:02 am
              Modi and bjp will loose election .Bsp will be back .People s are angling towards bjp and modi in bank lines .Police beating people like donkeys what a joke democracy .
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                Rahul gill
                Nov 28, 2016 at 10:58 am
                People are dying with lack of money .Modis move is good bad strategy is worst dian economy will take 6 months to recover completely .And modi will face loss of votebank in uttar Pradesh elections definitely bsp will emerge largest party .
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                  Satendra kumar
                  Nov 27, 2016 at 9:54 pm
                  Bharat Bandh so named unregistered organisation with criminal records showing the new laws for demonetisation getting rid of corruption illegal business activities money laundering tax avoidance should make constructive policies like the present central government policies not making fun or joke of new laws.
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                    Priyank
                    Nov 27, 2016 at 8:29 pm
                    I do not support the bandh called by looters of India, scamgress and its allies. So working tomorrow. Only the jobless people like corrupt politicians have nothing to do
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                      Neeraj
                      Nov 27, 2016 at 10:07 pm
                      Anger against useless and incompetent destroying country is growing. Hope it is end of RSS and BJP in this country for good.
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                        Nixon Augustin
                        Nov 27, 2016 at 10:10 pm
                        The protest should not put burden on common man rather highlight Modi govt's failure to take on loan defaulters and real black money holders.
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                          Sane Indian
                          Nov 27, 2016 at 5:08 pm
                          Tomorrow, we will knowlt;br/gt;1) which party has the most black money?lt;br/gt;2) which party has the genuine good of nation?lt;br/gt;3) which party is really working for the betterment of people and against corruption?
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                            Vinny
                            Nov 27, 2016 at 10:05 pm
                            Revolution the only solution. These are the last days of Dictator.
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                              Praful Vora
                              Nov 27, 2016 at 6:11 pm
                              What a waste of resources stead helping people partie spending their money to create hardship for people and preaching to people that this bandh will benefit them somehow . People are not stupid they will teach lesson to those corrupt parties.
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                                Yogesh
                                Nov 27, 2016 at 8:29 pm
                                Misleading headlines - duh it's it happening
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                                  rohit
                                  Nov 28, 2016 at 7:10 am
                                  mostly Indian media are corrupt 1st modi bought medialt;br/gt;then he make to fool indian
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                                    ABH NMA
                                    Nov 28, 2016 at 3:55 pm
                                    Maya,Mamta and other like minded people gets vote because of black money. So now there chances are more less.
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                                      ABH NMA
                                      Nov 28, 2016 at 3:52 pm
                                      Police beating people who are liking donkeys and opposing demonetization.
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                                        G V
                                        Nov 28, 2016 at 9:13 am
                                        Emergency must be declared. Protests should be banned at this hour.
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                                          anna
                                          Nov 28, 2016 at 9:47 am
                                          band kaha hai band......................dian express ka black white nahi ho raha kya
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                                            Anthony
                                            Nov 27, 2016 at 10:20 pm
                                            BJP Jungle Raj may end soon, God willing. People have suffered so much in just one month that they never suffered before in 70 years since Independence. We need Mamata Banerjee as our leader who always stand for middle cl and poor. Feku is an agent of Ambani, Adani, Tata, Birla whom he is donating poor farmers land for no cost.
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