Modi’s Demonetization Killing People. All India Protests Planned

A CPI (M) march against demonetization in India. Photo courtesy: CPI (M)
A CPI (M) march against demonetization in India. Photo courtesy: CPI (M)

The opposition parties in Parliament have decided to observe November 28 as an All India Protest Day – Akrosh Divas.

By Rakesh Raman

As the Indian government of Narendra Modi has illegally taken control of all the banks and not allowing people to withdraw their money, more than 70 innocent people have lost their lives in their struggle to survive.

The opposition parties in Parliament have decided to observe November 28 as an All India Protest Day – Akrosh Divas.

The CPI(M) has called upon all its units across the country to organize an All India Protest Day on November 28 against the withdrawal of the 1000 and 500 rupee notes and the consequent anarchy it has caused in the country.

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The CPI(M) state committees will decide on various forms of actions such as mass demonstrations, dharnas, picketing of RBI and Central Government offices, rasta rokos, rail rokos, commercial and general hartal, etc. According to a party statement, these actions will be organized in consultation with other Left parties and allies.

A similar call has come from Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, backed by other Indian political parties such as JD-U, SP, NCP and AAP. They have also planned a country-wide protest on November 28 against Modi’s demonetization scheme.

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Their principal demand is that till alternative arrangement of making new currency notes available is put in place or till December 30, the deadline issued by the Central Government, the 1000 and 500 rupee notes should be allowed for all legal transactions, payments, and settlements.

The former Prime Minister (PM) of India Dr. Manmohan Singh has said that the mismanaged demonetization scheme of PM Narendra Modi is causing severe hardships to the millions of people in the country. He reminded Modi of nearly 70 deaths that have taken place in India because of demonetization.

Dr. Manmohan Singh also asked Modi if he can count even a single country where people have deposited their money in the bank but the government refuses to pay their money back – which is happening in India because of Modi’s demonetization decision imposed on people.

“This is a case of organized loot and legalized plunder,” Dr. Manmohan Singh said, adding that demonetization will hurt agricultural growth, small-scale industry, and millons of people in the informal sectors of our economy.

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He also said that demonetization will result in a loss of 2% points for India’s GDP, stressing that it is an underestimate.

Modi had demonetized currency notes of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 on November 8, saying that the step has been taken to check corruption and stop the flow of black money.

Common people and opposition parties in India are up in arms against the Modi government because the decision to stop the circulation of currency is causing severe hardships to commoners.

This war-like situation is causing deaths of innocent people who keep standing in queues even in harsh weather with the hope to get their own money from banks.

By Rakesh Raman, who is a government award-winning journalist and social scientist. You also can visit the REAL VOTER – Politics in India Information Center that he manages.

Photo courtesy: CPI(M)

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