Eighteen Left parties on Friday called for a 12-hour general strike on November 28 against the ban on Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes. The ruling Trinamool Congress, however, rejected the call, saying it would only support a protest march on the day.
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“We demand that till December 30, the old Rs 500 and 1000 denomination currency notes should be left as legal tenders, there should be adequate supply of new notes at banks, loans taken by farmers should be waived and it should be ensured that people, especially the labour class got their remuneration on time,” Left Front Chairman Biman Bose told mediapersons on Friday. He added that while the move has been touted as one of the means to root out black money, it has only managed to inconvenience lakhs of people who are daily wage earners.
Banks, ATMs, Post Offices, hospitals and medical centres, ambulance, water supply, electricity supply, milk, media and weddings have been kept out of the proposed strike.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, however, said TMC won’t support a strike. “During the meeting of the Opposition parties in New Delhi, a bandh was never discussed. We don’t support any bandh. I appeal to all to help citizens and stand by people who were going through a cirisis at the moment. There will be a protest march on November 28 from College Square to Esplanade and I will take part in it,” she said.
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