LIVE: Left parties hold ‘bandh’ today; Congress, other Opposition parties organise ‘Jan Akrosh’ rallies

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New Delhi | Updated: Nov 28, 2016 4:40 PM

Since the start of the winter session of the Parliament, apart from Janata Dal (United) and Biju Janata Dal (BJD) several Opposition parties have questioned the way it was implemented.

The Congress has said that it will not hold 'Bharat Bandh', but will hold protests across the country. (Reuters)The Congress has said that it will not hold ‘Bharat Bandh’, but will hold protests across the country. (Reuters)

Opposition’s mega protest against demonetisation was underway on Monday, however, they stood divided over the way they would protest against the measure. Congress did not go for a bandh but held nation-wide protests as part of ‘Jan Aakrosh Diwas’. Trinamool Congress and Aam Aadmi Party did not support a bandh but protested in Parliament and on the streets. Meanwhile, in the Parliament, there were unruly scenes as MPs from the Opposition rushed to the well of both houses. The protest comes as the deadlock continues in Parliament with the government refusing to agree to a discussion in the Lok Sabha that ends in a vote. On the other hand Left parties’ sponsored shutdown crippled life in Tripura and Kerala. Here are live updates of the day:

4:38 PM: By a single disastrous decision PM Modi has brought entire country to a standstill: Randeep Surjewala, Congress.

3:58 PM: Government needs to list how many people and who all bought shares more than Rs 5 crore, gold, foreign exchange in last 1 & half months, says Congress leader Anand Sharma.

3:34 PM: Calling the NDA Government “anti-poor”, Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee president Ashok Chavan said his party will raise issue of hard ships being faced by the people due to demonetisation in Parliament and state legislature.

3:17 PM: At lest 25 percent of undisclosed income will be deposited under Pradhan Mantri Gharib Yojana scheme, says India Today.

3:14 PM: The strike call against demonetisation evokes mixed reaction in Bihar where workers of Congress, RJD and Left parties disrupt train services at but offices and schools remain open.

3:03 PM: He says that the Parliament is not functioning properly due the pressure of Opposition parties.

2:57 PM: Protest hold by Opposition parties have no significance, nion Law and Justice Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad tells ANI.

2:36 PM: Rajya Sabha adjourned till 11 AM tomorrow 11 after opposition ‘s protest over demonetisation.

2:32 PM: If PM has to make a big announcement, the protocol is that he gives a statement on the first day of the Parliament. Its first time that this didn’t happen, says Ghulam Nabi Azad in PParliament

2:20 PM: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee pledges to remove PM Narendra Modi from Indian politics.

2:13 PM: Lok Sabha adjourned for the day. In Rajya Sabha Opposition continue to raise slogans against the government.

2:12 PM: The increase in cash reserve ratio by RBI is part by liquidity management strategy, says Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das.

1:59 PM: Demonetisation has paralysed our economy;when the colour of new notes will fade, what is the use? How’ll it stop fake currency, says Congress leader RS Surjewala.

1:55 PM: TMC denies rumours of a rift between Opposition with regard to demonetisation and says that there is among them.

1:42 PM: Centre to form ssub-committee of chief ministers to deal with problems on demonetisation.

1:40 PM: The Puducherry unit of BJP said those who were hoarding black money alone protested against the Centre’ move to curb corruption and fake currency.

1:36 PM: Markets, cinema, theatres everything got affected, but the Prime Minister didn’t care about the common people, says Mamata Banerjee

1:24 PM: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee says her party was first to protest against the implementation of the scheme.

1:21 PM: DMK protests against DMK in Chennai.

1:16 PM: The Shiv Sena has come out in support of NCP MP Udayan Raje Bhosale, who had said that people will “loot and destroy banks” if the situation arising after the demonetisation move does not improve soon.

1:08 PM: The state-wide 12 hour strike called by the Left Parties has failed to evoke much response in West Bengal, say reports.

1:03 PM: Congress in Arunachal Pradesh joinsnation-wide protest against demonetisation. They also demand an enquiry by a Parliamentary Standing Committee on the blackmoney stashed abroad.

12:57 PM: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee takes part in Trinamool Congress protest march in Kolkata.

12:49 PM: Congress workers take out ‘Jan Akrosh Rally’ in Mumbai.

12:48 PM: Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley reach out to the Opposition to break deadlock over demonetisation.

12:40PM: Sitaram Yechury: Prime Minister hasn’t spoken in the Parliament on demonetisation. Fake Rs 2000 notes have already been printed.

12:35PM: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has asked if BJP MP Mahesh Sharma managed his daughter’s wedding in Rs 2.5 lakh. Read more on this

12:30PM: Congress Party said that their protest is against the Centre’s attack on white money and for creating hardship for the common people. P.C. Chacko told ANI, “The Prime Minister is an expert in misleading the people because he is now calling for a Bharat Bandh, no political party has called for any Bharat Bandh. If he is taking a step against black money, we said that any step taken by the government to curb black money we will support that. But we don’t think that now the step he has taken is going to eliminate black money as it is going to create trouble and hardship to the common people only.”

12:20PM:  Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge in Lok Sabha said this deadlock can only end when the PM comes for discussion in the house. He said over 70 people have died, and more than 1000 people have been injured.

12:15PM: Home Minister Rajnath Singh speaking in the Lok Sabha said, “You want PM to come to Lok Sabha for this debate then he will and he will make an intervention. If you have a complaint on implementation then we are ready to debate, don’t doubt our integrity.”

12:10PM: In Kolkata, TMC leaders and workers took out protest march

12:05PM: Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha were adjourned till 2PM as uproar over demonetisation issue continues. Lok Sabha has witnessed a virtual washout of proceedings since the Winter Session started on November 16 due to the protests over the demonetisation issue.

12:03 PM: We are not demanding like Trinamool Congress to keep the black money; We’re demanding to relieve miseries of common people: Left Front chairman Biman Bose

11:50 AM: Left parties stage a protest over demonetisation in Kolkata. They are observing the day as Bharat Bandh.

11:40 AM: Congress workers detained by Police during Jan Akrosh rally in Jammu.

11:06 AM: BJP’s ‘Jan Abhaar Divas’ to counter Congress’s Jan Akrosh Diwas. Offer sweets and flowers to people working in Maharashtra.

10:09 AM: Patna: Congress hold Jan Akrosh Diwas rally against demonetisation in Patna.

9:50 AM: All the opposition is united, except for JDU, says  Naresh Agarwal, Samajwadi Party MP.

9:30 AM: Left parties observe bandh in Thiruvananthapuram.


9:01 AM: CPI(ML) workers stop train in protest against demonetisation in Bihar’s in Darbhanga.

8:18 AM: Normal life continues in Kolkata even after Left’s Bandh call.

7:32 AM: Congress has not called for BharatBandh , as it causes inconvenience to people, the party called for Jan akrosh divas, says Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad.


7:16 AM: Samajwadi party workers protest against demonetisation in Allahabad.



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