Congress declares no Bharat bandh tomorrow, protests over demonetisation

Photo of senior Congress party leader Jairam Ramesh.

New Delhi: Facing huge criticism over allegedly ‘Bharat bandh’ called by the Congress party tomorrow, the party came on defensive mode today and accused that the Bhartiya Janata Prty (BJP) for spreading misinformation and said it has not called for a ‘Bharat bandh’ or a countrywide shutdown but declared it as ‘Jan Aakrosh Diwas’ to hold protests over demonetization of currency notes.

Senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said, “There will be protest rallies; we have not called for a ‘Bharat bandh’ (shutdown). Misinformation has been spread by the BJP which is ill-informed.”

He added, “The Bharatiya Janata Party has spread the misinformation that the Congress and other opposition parties have called for a ‘bandh’. The country is already shut from November 9, a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the demonetisation move. That’s why we don’t want a ‘Bharat bandh’.”

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On other hand, Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing a rally in Uttar Pradesh’s in Kushinagar district, said on Sunday, while he had called for an end to corruption and black money, the opposition was rooting for the ‘Bharat bandh’.

Modi said, “The government is working to end the flow of black money and corruption but they (opposition) are talking about Bharat bandh (shutdown).”

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