Demonetisation- Protests get support, bandh gets a thumbs down

Banking and emergency services in all states will function as usual. In most states, businesses, transport, malls, petrol bunks and schools and colleges are functioning as usual.

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The bandh call given by Left parties over demonetisation seems to have failed to evoke strong support. While political parties across the country have expressed their support for protest, there seem to be no takers for bandh apart from left parties.

Left party workers stopped train services as part of their protests in Bihar even as JDU and BJD decided to not support the bandh. Leaders of the parties decided to lay low on Aakrosh Diwas.

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Even as TMC and the congress refused to yield to the bandh call by left parties, TMC led by Mamata Banerjee will take out a rally against Modi Government's move of Demonetisation. The government however, has issued strict instructions to all its staff to be present for work as usual.

[Also Read: No Bandh, only "Jan akrosh divas", says Congress]

In Karnataka transport services started as usual on Monday but will be stopped if situation demands. Most district collectors have asked for schools and colleges to function as usual. The Bangalore University has postponed exams and the Karnatak university at Dharwad has declared holiday. The Karnataka congress will protest against the government's move with rallies. The JDS has decided against supporting the bandh.

Kerala government led by leftist CPI(M) has called for a hartal that will be complete in Kerala. All business establishments will remain closed for the 12-hour shut down. Transport has been hit.

[Also Read: Bharat Bandh: A divided opposition undecided on whether to close down or not]

SP and BSP have decided to extend token support to the protests but not the bandh call. The Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi and DMK in Tamil Nadu also have planned protests.

Banking and emergency services in all states will function as usual. In most states, business, transport, malls, petrol bunks and schools and colleges are functioning as usual.

Left parties seem to be the only ones to support the bandh call given by themselves. No other political party has extended support to the bandh but those opposed to demonetisation move have decided to protest in their own ways. Fear of earning the wrath of the common man already bearing the burden of demonetisation has prompted political parties to maintain their distance from the bandh call. The BJP however, is viewing it as vindication.

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