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Opposition To Observe Nov 8 As Black Day To Protest Note Ban:- The first anniversary of demonetization, i.e. November 8, will be observed as “Black Day” across the country by the opposition members.
Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad announced the decision on Tuesday. He called the “ill-conceived” and “hasty” decision a “scam of the century”. Also present at the the joint press conference were Derek O’Brien from the Trinamool Congress and dissident JD(U) member Sharad Yadav.
“This particular announcement made on November 8 is the scam of the century, which is why we are observing this as Black Day,” Azad said at a joint press conference. “One can say this is a scam of the century. Eighteen political parties have decided to hold protests in every state in their capacity against the government’s decision which caused hardship to the people. Never ever in the world people have died because of a government policy,” he added.
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The comments by Azad comes a day after a meeting was held by leaders cutting across party lines. The meeting was held to corner the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government on the adverse effects of the note ban, such as economic slowdown, and the implementation of GST.
The members of a coordination committee at Parliament House, including O’Brien, Yadav, D Raja from CPI, Kanimozhi from DMK, Satish Chandra Mishra from the BSP attended the meeting on Monday. Against the government’s 2016 move, at least 18 Opposition parties are planning protests on or around November 8.
Every single political party is expected to observe the day. They would give it a name in their regional language. O’Brien said his party would call November 8 “Kalo Dibas”. This literally translates it to black day in Bengali. O’Brien was also present at the press meet.
“History of modern India will remember the ‘scam’ which took place on November 8. We had raised a number of questions and our doubts regarding the policy but the government could not answer or erase our doubts,” he was quoted as saying by a leading news channel.