New Delhi, Oct 24: Ahead of the Gujarat and Himachal assembly elections, at least 17 Opposition parties have planned to hold nationwide protests to corner the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) by digging up the issues of demonetisation and hardships faced by the people due to the note ban. The nationwide protests are likely to be held on and around the first anniversary of note ban, November 8.
Opposition parties led by the Congress, on Monday, met in Parliament to chalk out modalities for the proposed joint agitation. Leaders of six opposition parties – the Congress, the Left, the BSP, TMC, DMK and JD(U)’s Sharad Tadav faction – met in the chamber of Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad over the issue. (Also Read: On Demonetisation Anniversary, RJD to Hold Rallies in Bihar to Educate People on Its Failure)
At the meeting, as reported, there were some differences on whether the day should be called ‘black day’. The Congress party has decided to call November 8 as the ‘black day’. The Left parties conveyed that they have made independent protest plans in the last week of October and first two weeks of November on the protests against note ban.
“We will discuss with the other opposition parties and come with our plan soon,” Ghulam Nabi Azad told reporters, PTI reported. (Also Read: Bank Employees Who Worked Overtime During Demonetisation Days Yet to Get Dues, Threaten Strike)
More details of the agitation against will be announced on Tuesday. The parties are also expected to take a united stand against the disqualification of JD(U) leaders Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwar from Rajya Sabha, Indian Express reported. TMC leader Derek O’Brien said his party feels Yadav is been targeted by JD(U).
“This MP was elected by people on ‘mahagathbandhan’ ideology. He didn’t break the ideology, others broke it. Why should Yadav be penalised ?” he said.
“Today we met to discuss the economic fallout in the country and discuss various aspects of it. Ghulam Nabi has been given the responsibility to discuss the issue with other opposition parties. We will meet again to chalk out our plans,” said CPI leader D Raja after the meeting.