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Bharat bandh: Opposition divided over ways to protest demonetisation today

The Congress party has decided not to go for a bandh

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

People stand in a long queue to withdraw money at an ATM in Allahabad

The exercise by the Modi government has brought a rarely seen unity among opposition parties, but they stand divided over the way they would protest against the measure on Monday.

While the Left parties, including the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and have called a 12-hour bandh to protest against of old high-value currency notes in West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress will not join it and only hold protests.

The Congress too has decided not to go for a bandh.

Senior party leader said no 'Bharat Bandh' has been called by the party which will hold nation-wide protests as part of 'Jan Aakrosh Diwas'.

The Janta Dal (United) has decided not to participate in the protests by opposition parties on Monday or Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's proposed dharna in Patna on November 30 after its leader and Bihar Chief Minister welcomed the decision.

"We have supported the Centre's move. How can we oppose or be the part of activity like bandh which is meant to protest the issue which our party has strongly supported," Bihar unit JD(U) President Bashishtha Narayan Singh said.

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"JD(U) will not be part of any agitation against including the dharna by on November 30 in Patna," party Secretary General K C Tyagi said.

"We have taken an ideological position in favour of so how can we be part of any agitation seeking its roll back," Tyagi said.

Odisha's ruling BJP will also not join the protests with its leader and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik having hailed the decision.

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The opposition parties have been divided over the ways to protest against ever since decided to march to the President against it. While she was joined by Aam Aadmi Party, National Conference and Shiv Sena, an National Democratic Allaince ally, other opposition parties stayed away. Shiv Sena has backed but is unhappy over the way it was causing problems to people.

Mamata's TMC and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's AAP are the only parties which have demanded a roll back of the exercise, while other parties have voiced displeasure over the way it was being implemented which was causing hardship to common people.

First Published: Mon, November 28 2016. 07:55 IST