OPPOSITION PARTIES such as the Congress, NCP, Communist Party of India (Marxist) and other Left parties in Maharashtra have decided to hold morchas in Mumbai Monday to protest against the demonetisation move. Due to this, motorists in the suburbs are likely to face traffic jams during the peak hours of morning. While the Congress and NCP have organised a ‘Jan Akrosh Morcha’ from Kalina to Kherwadi junction, the CPI(M) with other Left parties and Prakash Ambedkar-led Bharip Bahujan Mahasangh (BRP) are organising a protest called ‘Akrosh Divas’ outside Churchgate station in the evening.
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“Recently, we held discussions on the note ban outside banks in Byculla, Kurla, Andheri and other places and received positive response. We hope at least 50,000 to 1 lakh people will take part in the morcha Monday,” said Sanjay Nirupam, president of Mumbai unit of Congress.
The associations such as Federation of Maharashtra, Maharashtra State Chemist and Druggist Association, Mumbai Gold Wholesale Association, Mumbai Congress taxi-rickshaw union have extended are participating in the morcha, Nirupam said. “Shopkeepers in areas such as Kherwadi, Khar and Kalina are likely to keep their shops shut. But, shops across the city will not be closed,” he added.
Sachin Ahir, president of the Mumbai unit of NCP, said party workers will take part in morchas called by all opposition parties to protest the “suffering of the common man”.
But Left parties such as the CPI(M) and others, including the Prakash Ambedkar-led BRP, will protest at Churchgate. “It (morcha) is against the hardships being faced by people due to the ill-prepared demonetisation decision,” said Shailendra Kamble, state committee member.
Though party workers claim that nearly a lakh people will gather, the police expect not more than 6,000 people to turn up, they are anticipating locals joining it.
“We will deploy police personnel. The morcha will proceed through the service road so it does not disrupt traffic,” said Assistant Commissioner of Police (Kherwadi division) Arun Mane.
No traffic arrangements have been made so far on the WEH and the party workers have been granted an hour to complete their morcha, which will be taken out on a less-than-3-km stretch.