Chandigarh: Opposition parties including Congress today staged a protest against the government over demonetisation issue at many places in Haryana and Punjab as part of the ‘Jan Aakrosh Divas’ observed across the country, even as normal life remained unaffected.
Raising slogans, they demanded steps to ease the problems being faced by the people due to the demonetisation drive.In Hisar, a large number of Congress activists took out a procession. They gathered outside Nagori Gate and later marched out in various bazaars (marketplaces).
Jaipal Lali, Vice President of Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee and other party leaders alleged that “demonetisation is a political move which is being sold as a fight against corruption”.
‘Jan Aakrosh Divas’ rally was also addressed by various other Congress leaders who claimed that economic activities have come to a standstill since the scheme was announced.
Haryana’s main opposition Indian National Lokdal (INLD) today submitted a memorandum to district administration in Hisar, with the party claiming that Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes “were scrapped to cover up the government’s “failure” to deliver on Prime Minister’s promise of bringing back black money.”
In Fatehgarh Sahib, most of business and educational institutes remained open as usual.
In Punjab’s main industrial town Ludhiana, shops, factories, local and other means of transport functioned normal.
However, a protest rally was taken out at clock tower chowk by the Congress. A group of Congress workers raised slogans against the Narendra Modi government.
Surinder Dawar, MLA and Gurpreet Gogi, President Ludhiana District Congress committee addressed the protesters.
In Ropar district of Punjab, the Congress and the Left parties today took out separate protest march. The District Bar Association members also abstained from work.
The Congress march was led by Ropar DCC president Vijay Kumar Tinku and Charan Singh– Secretary of CPI led the protest march of his party.
All business establishments remained open. PTI
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