Source: News Bharati English27 Nov 2016 15:05:37
Patna, November 27: Parting out its way from Bharat Bandh called out by opposition parties on 28th November to protest against the demonetization exercise, Janta Dal United (JDU) on Sunday cleared that it will not be part of protests. The Nitish Kumar led party said that it would stay away from the dharna called by the TMC in Patna on November 30.
Although the JDU attended the protests carried out by opposition at Parliament on Thursday, its President and Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar said that doesn’t oppose the demonetisation move, but wants the government to check the inconvenience caused to public.
Several parties taking part in the (November 28) protest include those which are demanding a rollback of the note ban. We have maintained that we support the note ban as a strong measure to stem black money. There is no question of supporting parties which are against the note ban.” said JDU national spokesperson K C Tyagi.
The Bihar Chief Minister stuck to his guns on Saturday, saying he fully backed the demonetisation and urging Prime Minister Narendra Modi to next launch a crackdown on benami property holders, and those owning unaccounted assets.
According to sources, West Bengal CM Mamata Bannerjee reached out to JDU ally Lalu Prasad to seek his support on the protest. Unlike Kumar, Prasad had opposed the demonetization drive and has been critical of the demonetisation while repeatedly struck out at Modi on social media. Apart from Lalu, Mamata is banking on the Congress, the JD(U)’s other Bihar ally, to also back it during the party’s Patna November 30.