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No Bharat Bandh, only protest against demonetisation: Congress

“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 Congress leader Jairam Ramesh
New Delhi: Congress chief Sonia Gandhi attends a programme organised by party workers on the occassion of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi death anniversary in New Delhi on May 21, 2016. (Photo: IANS)

The Congress 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 demonetisation.

“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 Congress leader Jairam Ramesh.

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

Addressing a rally in Kushinagar in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday, PM Narendra Modi 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 Bharat bandh,” Modi said.

Ramesh added that the BJP was spreading misinformation that the Opposition had called for a Bharat bandh Monday. “The Opposition parties will hold protests by observing Jan Aakrosh Diwas,” he said.

He claimed that to get Indian economy back on track, “the government needs to create 1,200 crore in 500-rupee notes and for this, it will take 250 days”.

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