No directions to attend Akrosh Diwas yet: BSP MP

Mayawati is among leaders who are at the forefront of the opposition to the Centre’s demonetisation move.

Written by RAMENDRA SINGH | Lucknow | Updated: November 28, 2016 3:43 am
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BSP chief Mayawati on Prime Minister Narendra Modi over demonetisation, party workers in the state have not received any directions on organising or taking part in the “Akrosh Diwas” protests on Monday.

Rajya Sabha MP and zonal coordinator Munquad Ali said no orders have been given by the party president about participating in the Akrosh Diwas demonstrations as of now.

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“Only Behenji can tell about it,” he said, when asked whether the party would support the “Akrosh Diwas” protests.

Mayawati is among the leaders who are at the forefront of the opposition to the Centre’s demonetisation decision. She called the decision the imposition of an “economic emergency”, and has been demanding the presence of Modi in Parliament to debate the issue.

At a press conference in Delhi on Saturday, she had demanded a review of demonetisation and elimination of shortcomings in its implementation. In a statement Sunday evening, Mayawati targeted the government for its decision, but did not say if the BSP would take part in the protests.

“In reality, the Opposition parties’ decision to call Bharat Bandh on November 28 is only of symbolic importance and a way of opposing the move by considering the hardship faced by 90 per cent people of the country as their own, because Bharat has already been closed by Narendra Modi by ordering demonetisation. He has kept himself indifferent from its large-scale effects,” she said.

Despite opposing the note ban, BSP does not want to be seen standing with Congress and other opposition parties on the same issue, especially months before the Assembly elections, party sources said. A party leader, seeking anonymity, said: “Our party chief has been spearheading the opposition to demonetisation in Parliament and outside the House. But party workers have not been asked to take part in any protest or dharna called by other parties.”

On the other hand, the SP has decided to fully support the Akrosh Diwas protests, by asking its cadres to inform people about why demonetisation is “anti-farmer” and “anti-people” and needs to be protested against, on Monday. SP spokesperson Mohammad Shahid said the party supports the Akrosh Diwas called by Opposition parties on the demonetisation, and will participate in it.

“There is no question of not participating in it. The farmers and poor are suffering because of demonetisation. They have not been able to sow their crops,” said Shahid.