Dubbing the BJP-led government at the Centre as “anti-poor”, Congress and the NCP on Monday hit the street in Maharashtra to protest the note scrapping decision but normal life remained unaffected with no disruption of public transport or functioning of offices and businesses in Mumbai and other parts of the state. State Congress chief Ashok Chavan, who led the protest in Mumbai, said his party will also raise the hardships caused by the decision to common people in the winter session of the state Legislature, beginning on December 5.
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Addressing a rally outside suburban collector office after the ‘Jan Akrosh’ march from Kalina to Kherwadi junction in Bandra, Chavan alleged that the government had “waived” Vijay Mallya’s loan but not that of farmers. “The BJP government at the Centre is anti-poor. Nine farmers have committed suicide recently, still the government has no shame,” he alleged.
Chavan claimed the protest was a “success” as the “common man participated in large numbers”. Congress leaders were joined by NCP city unit president Sachin Ahir and party workers in the march in suburban Mumbai to protest over the issue. Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam, city Congress leaders Kripashankar Singh, Mohammed Arif Naseem Khan, Rajya Sabha member Hussain Dalwai and NCP Mumbai president Sachin Ahir spoke on the occasion.
Ahir said the ill-effects of the November 8 decision, taken without proper planning, were still continuing. The Congress also planned “Money Ki Baat” outside railway stations and banks in Byculla, Kurla, Andheri and Jogeshwari areas of the metropolis to highlight the poor implementation of demonetisation.
Nirupam claimed Federation of Maharashtra, Maharashtra State Chemists and Druggists Association, Mumbai Gold Wholesale Association and taxi-autorickshaw unions in Mumbai also supported and participated in the morcha.