NEW DELHI: The Opposition expressed ‘Jan Aaakrosh’ on Monday. Branding the Central Government’s sudden demonetisation move as “anti-people’’, throwing life in urban and rural India out of gear, the prominent non-BJP, non-NDA leaders took to the street, marched in protest and also courted arrest.
Inside Parliament too, they raised deafening slogans demanding a statement from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his presence in the House while they debated the issue. Modi, since his Nov 8 national address on demonitisation, has spoken to the public directly several times, but not in any of the Houses of Parliament. The opposition, thus, was united in anger. Though divided in the manner they protested.
If Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi gathered MPs of his and a few opposition parties, like DMK and NCP, under the Gandhi statue in Parliament forecourt, and raised slogans, CPI-M general secretary Sitaram Yechury with other Left leaders marched from Jantar Mantar to Mandi House and gave a fiery speech.
“We believe the Prime Minister has brought the country to a standstill. He has imposed ‘deshbandi’ (holding country hostage) with ‘notebandi’ (demonetisation)…. 90 per cent of our people do cash transactions every day.
Their lives have been hit quite hard. We are protesting against all this,” Yechury said. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal first got into a Twitter war with Union Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma, over how much he was spending on his son’s wedding.