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BJP, Cong-led Opposition parties get ready for Nov 8 face-off

FM said Union ministers and senior party leaders would take part in Anti-Black Money Day events

Archis Mohan  |  New Delhi 

Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs, Arun Jaitley addressing a Press Conference at BJP headquarters  in New Delhi. (Photo: PTI)
Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs, Arun Jaitley addressing a Press Conference at BJP headquarters in New Delhi. (Photo: PTI)

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) hopes to turn the narrative around the first anniversary of the government's decision into one between those against black money and those for it.

On Wednesday, Finance Minister said the would mark as Prime Minister had announced on November 8, 2016. 

The and 17 other parties, including the Left parties, have already announced their plans to mark as The had said it would highlight the impact of and the hurried roll-out of the goods and services tax (GST) on farmers, small traders, small and medium enterprises. These steps have contributed to job losses and economic slowdown, it said.

On Wednesday, the also criticised the Centre's announcement of infusing Rs 2.11 lakh crore in public sector banks in the next two years. leader Anand Sharma termed the move mayajaal, or a hoax, and said it was too little too late to revive the economy, which was already "on ventilator in the intensive care unit".

Sharma said instead of marking as Anti-Black Money Day, the PM should apologise to the nation for wreaking havoc on the economy with and a faulty GST.

The finance minister said Union ministers and senior party leaders would take part in events across the country. He said leaders would highlight all the steps taken by the Modi government to curb the use of black money. 

Jaitley said he cannot remember a single step that the Congress-led governments took against black money. "It is understandable that it would never be on the political agenda of their leadership. I can understand their discomfort. If there is an ideological polarisation over a debate on over the issue of the pro-excess cash economy and anti-black money, then the will definitely take it forward," Jaitley said.

Apart from the protests, the government will also face three-day protests of all the central trade unions, barring the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)-affiliated Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh. The trade union protests are scheduled on November 9, 10 and 11. Protests by farmers' organisations are slated from November 20 onwards, to coincide with the winter session of Parliament.

The RSS-affiliated Swadeshi Jagaran Manch and Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh have also given protest calls. The Manch will hold a protest against the Centre's policies on October 29, while the Mazdoor Sangh will hold its protest on November 17.

First Published: Thu, October 26 2017. 02:38 IST
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