Even as the Congress said it has not called for a Bharat bandh to protest against demonetisation of high-value note, Left parties and other on Monday started a nationwide shutdown to protest the note ban.
Police official said supporters and workers of the Left parties including the CPI, CPI-M, CPI(ML) and other parties stopped over a dozen long route trains at Patna, Gaya, Jehanabad, Bhagalpur and Muzaffarpur railway stations, news agency reports said.
According to media reports, roads were also blocked at various places across the state. The state ruling parties of the grand alliance in Bihar, the Rashtriya Janata Dal and Congress, have decided not to join the shutdown, but to stage protest march against demonetisation.
While another ruling party JD-U of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has decided to keep away from both the shutdown and protest against domenetisation. Infact, Nitish Kumar has repeatedly publicly supported demonetisation that prompted BJP President Amit Shah on Sunday and Lok Janshakti Party chief and Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan to thank him.
“The state administration has made elaborate security arrangements in view of the shutdown,” said a senior government official. The Left parties enjoy a strong support base in over a dozen districts in Bihar.