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6 Left parties to launch protests against demonetisation today

New Delhi: Accusing the Centre of overlooking the “misery” of common people caused by demonetisation, six Left parties, have decided to launch week-long joint nationwide protests to highlight “continued agony” of people from Wednesday.

Speaking to press persons after the meeting of the Left parties here, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said the parties are also working towards organising Protest Day along with other opposition parties against demonetisation.

Among other, Yechury accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of “disrupting” Parliament by allegedly not answering queries raised by MPs in both the Houses and said the Left parties are “seriously” considering bringing contempt motion against the latter over the issue.

“We have decided to stage joint all India protests against the continued agony suffered by vast sections of people over the withdrawal of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes by this government. We have decided to mobilise people against the move between November 24 to November 30,” Yechury, accompanied by other Left leaders, told reporters.

At the same time, Yechury added the Left parties — including CPI, CPI(ML)-Liberation, SUCI(C), Revolutionary Socialist Party and All India Forward Bloc — are working towards organising a ‘Protest Day’ against demonetisation along with other opposition parties.

“The actual (date) Day will be worked out along with other opposition parties, hopefully at the earliest,” Yechury said.

In their statement issued after the meeting, the Left parties appealed to “all those opposed to the decision to join these actions”.

When asked by a reporter if they are also appealing to arch rival TMC, which too has opposed demonetisation, Yechury said, the “protests are by Left parties”.

“As far as others (opposition parties) are concerned, at the level of Parliament, the protests are happening separately. We as the Left parties have given this call for the protest,” he added.

Seeking to pick holes in the demonetisation move, Yechury said the government made it “sans adequate preparations” and demanded it to compensate adequately those who have died “as a result of demonetisation” and whose life has been ruined by the decision.

He said that there is a “complete paralysis” in rural India following demonetisation and claimed it will take more than six months to replace the notes being withdrawn from circulation. Currently, only 10 per cent of the alternate notes have reached to banks, he said.

PTI