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No Bharat bandh, only protests over demonetisation: Congress

'The country is already shut from November 9. That's why we don't want a 'Bharat bandh', said Jairam Ramesh

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Cong should not feel defensive or apologetic about the 1991 reforms: Jairam Ramesh
Senior Congress leader, Jairam Ramesh

Accusing the of spreading misinformation, the on Sunday said it has not called for a 'Bharat bandh' or a countrywide shutdown on Monday but 'Jan Aakrosh Diwas' to hold protests over

"There will be protest rallies; we have not called for a 'Bharat bandh' (shutdown). Misinformation has been spread by the BJP, which is ill-informed," said senior leader

"The Bharatiya Janata Party has spread the misinformation that the and other opposition parties have called for a 'bandh'. The country is already shut from November 9, a day after Prime Minister announced the move. That's why we don't want a 'Bharat bandh'," he added.

Addressing a rally in Kushinagar in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday, Prime Minister said while he had called for an end to corruption and black money, the opposition was rooting for the 'Bharat bandh'.

"The government is working to end the flow of black money and corruption but they (opposition) are talking about (shutdown)," Modi said.

Ramesh said the decision to demonitise the Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes was to hide the central government's own failure to deliver on Modi's promise of bringing back black money from abroad, made during the 2014 general elections.

"It is a political move being projected as fight against corruption," said the Congress leader.

"People who actually have black money are still leading a luxurious life whereas honest people are facing hardships," he added.

On Prime Minister's support for a cashless economy, Ramesh said: "Does he want to have cashless mandis? Does he want to have the unorganised sector go cashless? It is a ridiculous proposition to say that India will become cashless and all these economic sectors will become cashless."



First Published: Mon, November 28 2016. 08:01 IST