Con­gress lead­ers stage protests in Jammu, HP

Hindustan Times (Amritsar) - - Region - HT Cor­re­spon­dent let­ter­schd@hin­dus­tan­times.com ■

JAMMU : Con­gress lead­ers and ac­tivists staged a protest on the sec­ond an­niver­sary of the cen­tral gov­ern­ment’s de­mon­eti­sa­tion, near Re­serve Bank of In­dia (RBI) of­fice here on Fri­day.

The protest was led by the All In­dia Con­gress Com­mit­tee, sec­re­tary, Sud­hir Sharma along with for­mer min­is­ters Ra­man Bhalla and Mula Ram, state Con­gress vice-pres­i­dent Kanta Bhan, chief spokesper­son Ravin­der Sharma, newly elected coun­cilors, other lead­ers and work­ers.

The pro­tes­tors shouted slo­gans against the Modi gov­ern­ment for the ‘ill-ad­vised’ step.

Party spokesper­son Ravin­der Sharma said, “De­mon­eti­sa­tion caused great loss to the econ­omy and ru­ined small and pri­vate sec­tors be­sides caus­ing huge losses to daily wage earn­ers.”

Af­ter hold­ing the de­mon­stra­tion for around two hours, the se­nior lead­ers and ac­tivists were taken into pre­ven­tive cus­tody by po­lice and were taken to district po­lice line at Gandhi Na­gar.

Sud­hir Sharma said, “Out of the Rs 15.44 lakh crore de­mon­e­tised money, an amount of Rs 15.31 lakh crore re­turned to the banks, so where is the black money.”

HP CON­GRESS OB­SERVES BLACK DAY

SHIMLA: The Hi­machal Pradesh chap­ter of In­dian Na­tional Con­gress ob­served Fri­day as a black day on the sec­ond an­niver­sary of de­mon­eti­sa­tion.The party staged a protest un­der the lead­er­ship of gen­eral sec­re­tary, Harb­ha­jan Singh Bhaji here.

Con­gress protesters car­ry­ing plac­ards and wear­ing black bands on heads shouted slo­gans. Con­gress spokesper­son, Naresh Chauhan said Naren­dra Modi has de­ceived the peo­ple and no black money was re­cov­ered.

Con­gress state pres­i­dent, Sukhvin­der Singh Sukhu held a sim­i­lar protest in Nir­mand of Kullu district.

‘DE­MON­ETI­SA­TION WAS ANTI-PEO­PLE’

HAMIRPUR: The Hamirpur district unit of the Con­gress led by district con­gress pres­i­dent, Naresh Thakur also or­gan­ised a dharna at the Gandhi chowk here. Thakur and other party lead­ers de­scribed the de­mon­eti­sa­tion of cur­rency as anti-peo­ple.

■ Con­gress work­ers stag­ing a protest against de­mon­eti­sa­tion in front of Lal Ba­hadur Shashtri’s statue near DC of­fice in Shimla on Fri­day. DEEPAK SANSTA/HT

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