New Delhi, Nov 27, 2016: Accusing the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) of spreading misinformation, the Congress on Sunday made it clear that it has not called for a ‘Bharat bandh’ or a countrywide shutdown on Monday but ‘Jan Aakrosh Diwas’ to hold protests over demonetisation.
Speaking to media senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said that “There will be protest rallies; we have not called for a ‘Bharat bandh’ (shutdown). Misinformation has been spread by the BJP which is ill-informed.”
“The BJP has spread the misinformation that the Congress and other opposition parties have called for a ‘bandh’. The country is already shut from November 9, a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the demonetisation move. That’s why we don’t want a ‘Bharat bandh’,” he added.
He also told media that “Prime Minister Narendra Modi believes in “dhamaka” politics and the decision to scrap high-value currency notes was taken because he had seen the “writing on the wall” in Uttar Pradesh, where polls are due next year.”
However on Sunday, while addressing a rally in Kushinagar in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said while he had called for an end to corruption and black money, the opposition was rooting for the ‘Bharat bandh’.
“The government is working to end the flow of black money and corruption but they (opposition) are talking about Bharat bandh (shutdown),” Modi said.