Notes ban: Congress stages ‘RBI gherao’ protest across nation, Sushil Shinde detained


New Delhi, Jan 18, 2017: In the wake to protest against the failure to lift the weekly cash withdrawal limit of Rs. 24,000 even after two and half months, the Congress on Wednesday staged a protest at Jantar Mantar in the national capital.

The protest is being taken to the Reserve Bank of India office. The Senior Congress leader Sushil Kumar Shinde was detained by the police official during a massive protest.

Shinde was detained along with other Congress leaders including Shankersinh Vaghela and Bharatsinh Solanki detained by police in Ahmedabad. The Congress party had announced that they will stage a protest outside the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in New Delhi and also “gherao” RBI branches in different parts of the country.

The central bank also ‘gherao’ 26 other zonal, regional and sub-branches across the nation.

Earlier today, a similar protest was held in Assam against notes ban. Assam Chief Minster Tarun Gogoi to had joined the protest. A similar protest was also reported from Trivandrum against demonetisation.

In other reports, a group of protesters from Congress held a protest at Nagpur, Maharashtra against demonetisation. The protesters have been lathi charged.

However, in this regard, Congress spokesperson Randeep Sujrewala had said that RBI should be playing an independent role but on the contrary, it is following the instructions of Narendra Modi government like a captive puppet.

Destruction of autonomy and integrity of institutions, essential to our democratic fabric, has become a sine qua non for PM Modi’s unitary style of functioning, he said.

Sujrewala further stated the demonstration is in protest of not lifting the weekly withdrawal limit of Rs 24,000 and not restoring money supply despite a paralysed economy, massive loss of jobs and closure of businesses on daily basis.

Meanwhile, he also announced the list of the senior party leaders, including AICC general secretaries, CWC members, PCC presidents and CLP leaders who will lead this “gherao.” Former Union Minister Anand Sharma will lead the demonstration in Delhi, while Surjewala will lead one in Mumbai.

The protest at 23 places is on Wednesday, it would be in Bengaluru (led by former Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan) on Thursday and in Hyderabad (led by Anil Shastri) and Chennai (led by Oscar Fernandes) on Friday since the concerned leaders will be heading the protest elsewhere on Wednesday, Chavan in Nagpur and Oscar in Ranchi.

 Wefornews Bureau

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