Divided Opposition’s ‘Akrosh Diwas’ flops; now govt will call the shots
by T. Brajesh Monday, November 28th, 2016
In a significant development, Opposition is in the news not for breathing fire over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s initiative to demonetise Rs 1000 and Rs 500 currency notes but it is in the headlines for being divided over the protest against the demonetisation move. Fuming over demonetisation, 18 parties in Opposition first decided to give Bharat Bandh call but after seeing lack of public support several of them distanced themselves from this, renaming it as ‘Jan Akrosh Diwas’.
After Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s open support to the currency ban, Janata Dal (United) decided to skip even the ‘Jan Akrosh’ agitation on November 28, which was a setback to the Opposition’s move. What made the Opposition nervous all the more was the fact that the common public was largely in support of demonetisation.
The lack of consensus over the form of protest and agitation was seen when Congress, Bahujan Samaj Party, Samajwadi Party and Trinamool Congress decided to stay away from ‘Bharat Bandh’. Left parties and Lalu Yadav’s RJD decided to go with Bharat Bandh which visibly failed at the end of the day. Earlier, Congress and TMC had hinted at supporting Bharat Bandh. But when PM Modi in a rally said that the government is closing the door for corruption political parties in opposition are closing India.
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