Even as the Left was observing Bharat Bandh in states like Kerala, West Bengal and Odisha, several other parties led by Congress are observing ‘Jan Akrosh Divas’. In West Bengal, while the ruling Trinamool Congress is on the same page as the Left Front in the issue, it had decided to hit the street in protest against the Centre’s move.
Speaking to ANI, senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said early in the morning that his party had not supported Bharat Bandh as it would cause inconvenience to people. Yesterday another senior party leader Jairam Ramesh had also said that the demonetisation decision was taken as he had seen ‘writing on the wall’ in the Uttar Pradesh elections, which are due next year.
Calling the move of Janata Dal (United) to support the NDA Government on the issue of demonetisation as “dual stand”, Senior Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agarwal said that all Opposition parties accept the Nitish Kumar-led party are together on the issue.
Yesterday, JD (U) leader Pawan Verma once again reiterated his party’s stand of supporting the NDA Government on the issue and said that his party president Nitish Kumar had already spoken to RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav and senior Congress leaders informing his party decision. Varma further said that Opposition parties have the right to pursue their own agenda.
The AAP along the Congress and other parties like BSP, SP, TMC have joined the Jan Andolan Diwas.