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Jan Aakrosh Morcha: Hit or Flop?

Will citizens come forward to support the protest held by Congress against demonetisation campaign of the Modi government or will it turn out to be damp squib?

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Congress will hold a Jan Aakrosh Morcha in the city on 28th November to protest against the demonetisation drive organised by the Modi government. The protest will be held under the leadership of Mumbai Regional Congress Committee (MRCC) president Sanjay Nirupam. It will commence from Santacruz (E) and will conclude at Kherwadi junction in Bandra (E). The demonetisation drive has divided citizens as some of them are supporting it while some others are criticising it. On one hand, Congress leaders say that people are supporting the Jan Aakrosh Morcha organised by them as they have been affected due to demonetisation on the other hand BJP says that people are backing notes ban as it will reduce corruption.

“Around one lakh people are expected to join the protests. The opposition will hold dharna to protest against the faulty demonetisation campaign of the Modi government. Already the common man is facing inconvenience due to currency notes ban as he has to stand in queues outside banks to deposit his hard earned money,” said Sanjay Nirupam.

The NCP too has said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s programme Mann Ki Baat should be stopped as he has failed to deliver the promises made by him.

Nawab malikNCP spokesperson Nawab Malik’s said, “Modi is communicating his thoughts through his radio show ‘Mann Ki Baat’, but unfortunately, he has repeatedly failed to adhere to his own words, and has lost his repute among the countrymen, and therefore we demand him to stop this radio show.”

“While addressing the nation on demonetisation of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000, Modi had assured people that they would be able to exchange their money (with a cap of Rs. 4,000 per day) through banks and post offices till December 30, but it was stopped in only 15 days and those who thought they had long time to exchange notes, are feeling cheated, he added.

“The government has taken a right step to ban currency notes of high denomination. Through this initiative the nation will move towards digitisation. Already people have been evading taxes and concealing their income. The Prime Minister Narendra Modi has issued a stern message to those people who stash unaccounted money and indulging money laundering activities,” said Sunil Kumar a BPO employee from Kandivali said.

“People are facing severe hardships due to monetisation. Many people are unable to obtain change for high denomination note of Rs 2,000. If the government was serious about eliminating corruption then why did it introduce Rs 2,000 currency note?,” asked Vishal Rokade a financial executive working with a brokerage firm from Andheri.

On the other hand, BJP claims that people are supporting demonetisation even though they are facing inconvenience. The decision has been taken in the interest of the country and economy said the party.

“We had taken this step to eliminate black money and corruption from the country. Our party has a zero tolerance policy against corruption. It is necessary to weed out black money from the country for attaining economic development. People are already welcoming note ban as it will pave way for cashless economy,” said a BJP leader Madhav Bhandari.

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