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Kerala CM, ministers to sit in dharna at RBI office, Opposition to support protest

This is a rare occasion where a state government with the full support of the main opposition gears up for an agitation against the center.
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Pinarayi Vijayan, the Chief Minister of Kerala, and his cabinet colleagues will stage a sit in dharna in front of the Reserve Bank of India regional office, Thiruvananthapuram on Friday, to protest the Centre’s decision not to allow co-operative banks to deal with the demonitised 500 and 1000 rupee notes.
“Kerala’s co-operative sector is not an abode of black money. Destroying our co-operative sector means the complete destruction of Kerala’s economy. Public sentiment is to strongly resist any efforts made at crushing our co-operative sector. This sentiment needs to be expressed,” said the chief minister on his official Facebook page. The money in the co-operative banks in the State is the hard earned money of the citizen in the country and these banks play a crucial role in the State’s economy.
Vijayan alleged that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley  had promised him and the state finance minister Dr T M Thomas Issac of a positive intervention when they met in Delhi, but the RBI soon came out with its view that it cannot allow co-operative banks under the purview of banks. The CPIM leadership sees this as a grand plan of the BJP national leadership to crush the co operative banking sector of Kerala which is dominated by the Left parties. “We suspect there is a political conspiracy in this. The BJP leaders including those from the State are alleging that the co-operative banks in Kerala are hubs of black money which is a ridiculous argument by any means,” says the chief minister.
The Congress-led opposition has offered their full support to the state Government in this regard. The Government has called for an all-party meeting on Sunday to discuss further course of action.
“This is a very rare occasion where a state government with the full support of the opposition is gearing up for an agitation against the Centre,” said Dr. Thomas Issac on his Facebook page. “We are left with no other option when the Union government deliberately unleashes this sort of cruelty on us,” continues his post.
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