The Janata Dal (United ) has decided not to be part of ‘Akrosh Diwas’ to be observed by several Opposition parties tomorrow. The party has conveyed its decision to grand Alliance partners Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and Congress in a meeting held yesterday.
Speaking on the issue of demonetisation in which several party leaders have protested the way it was implemented by the Centre, senior party leader Pawan Verma has said that his party has already made it clear that it was supporting the NDA Government on the issue of demonetisation and therefore it won’t be part of ‘Akrosh Diwas’.
He further said that Bihar Chief Minister and party president Nitish Kumar has also 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.
Apart from JD(U), the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) has also decided to support government’s move. In a statement last Thursday, CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury had said that November 28 will be observed as ‘Akrosh Diwas’ by all political parties. In Left strongholds like Kerala and Tripura, the protest could transform into a bandh. CPI leader D Raja said the Left parties would observe a week-long protest from November 24-30.
Since Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement of banning of high-value currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 on November 8, most Opposition parties have questioned the wasy it was implemented as common citizens.