No bandh on Nov 28, only protest: Uttam
- Demonstrations throughout Telangana
Hyderabad: Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) president N. Uttam Kumar Reddy has clarified that the “Aakrosh Diwas” on November 28 was not a call for bandh, but only demonstration against the unplanned move of demonetization by the BJP Government at the Centre.
Briefing media persons after a meeting with senior leaders at Gandhi Bhavan on Saturday, Uttam Kumar Reddy said that the Congress party has decided to organise rallies across the state in protest against the inconvenience caused to the general public due to the Centre’s ill-conceived move of demonetization of Rs. 1,000 and Rs. 500 currency notes. Demonstrations will be organised in all Assembly segments and at headquarters of all 31 districts in Telangana State. In Hyderabad, a human chain will be formed before the Reserve Bank of India office. He said that the Congress party’s protest will be totally peaceful and no inconvenience will be caused to the general public.
Uttam Kumar Reddy said that initially the opposition parties had decided to call for Bharat Bandh. Since the entire population is facing traumatic situation after demonetization, it was felt that bandh call might cause further inconvenience to general public. Therefore, it was decided to organise large scale protest against the Centre’s move.
The TPCC chief said the pain and agony caused by cash shortage seemed endless and the situation was turning worse with each passing day. The Centre was just adding to the woes of general public by making new announcements on daily basis. He said so far, at least 80 people died while standing in bank or ATM queues to withdraw their own money. The victims include 11 bank employees. He said the TPCC leaders at their meeting, observed two minutes silence to pay their respects to the departed souls.