Opposition to observe 8 November as 'Black Day' to protest demonetisation

Opposition parties on Tuesday said they would observe 8 November as Black Day to protest against the 'ill-conceived' decision of the government to spike Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes, a year ago.

IANS October 24, 2017 13:34:26 IST
Opposition to observe 8 November as 'Black Day' to protest demonetisation

New Delhi: Opposition parties on Tuesday said they would observe 8 November as Black Day to protest against the "ill-conceived" decision of the government to spike Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes, a year ago.

Opposition to observe 8 November as Black Day to protest demonetisation

File image of Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad. AFP

Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad told reporters that the Opposition parties have worked out a joint strategy and would register their protest against the 8 November, 2016, demonetisation decision.

"Demonetisation was an ill-conceived and hasty decision of the government. It is unprecedented, perhaps in the entire world, that a government had to alter its policy 135 times within a month," Azad said, recalling how the government kept changing its rules in the aftermath of the note ban last year.

The decision to mark 8 November as the Black Day was taken at a coordination meeting on Monday that was attended by JD(U) rebel leader Sharad Yadav, CPM's D Raja, DMK MP Kanimozhi, BSP's Satish Mishra and Trinamool Congress' Derek O'Brien.

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