Imphal: Rally against demonetisation
AOPPAD dubs Nov. 8 as ‘Black Day’
Imphal, Nov. 7 (EMN): The ten non-Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) opposition political parties of All Opposition Political Parties Against Demonitisation (AOPPAD) is all set to designate Nov. 8 as Black Day against to protest the demonetisation on note ban anniv. The black day observation would feature a mass rally and a public meeting.
The rally is set to start from Congress Bhavan at BT road in Imphal and it will pass through the important routes including Khoyathong, Minuthong, Hatta etc and hold the public meeting at Iboyaima Shumang Leela Sanglen in Imphal East district.
This was disclosed by the Chairman Govindas Konthoujam of the Black day observation on demonetisation committee while addressing a press conference at Congress Bhavan on Nov. 7.
Govindas also appealed to the public to extend maximum support while staging the rally and meeting. He hopes that many are expected to turn up to support and participate in the “Black Day” observation.
Participating in the media briefing and sharing his view, former minister and Communist Party of India state secretary Dr Moirangthem Nara said that the non-BJP opposition parties come together for a common cause as people are suffering from demonetisation and introduction of GST(goods and service tax).
The communist leader admitted that around 150 lost their lives while standing in queue during the introduction of demonetisation which the government claim to bring out black money in the country. It also give an impact on the traditional way of giving, traditional monetary gift during social occasion, in Manipur society, he added.
The ten opposition parties who attended the day’s media briefing, also released a 12 paged booklet called ‘Protest rally against Modi-made disasters-Demonetisation & GST’ which contains write up on the protest rally in English, Manipuri written in Bengali script and original Meitei script.
The non-BJP opposition parties are Indian National Congress, Nationalist Congress Party, Manipur units of Aam Aadmi Party, All India Forward Block, Bharatiya Samata Party, Communist Party of India, Communist Party of Marxist, All India Trinamool Congress, Janata Dal-Secular and Revolutionary Secular Party.
According to the booklet, the demonetisation and hasty implementation of GST have brought immense hardship to the people of the country and will damage their living standard unendingly.
A recent survey by the State Bank of India shows that 2/3 of the sector (of small and medium enterprises) has suffered the output loss ranging from 40 to 50 percent. A study by the University of Washington found that the policy led to a drop in income with an average drop in come during the month of demonetisation of about 10 percent of families monthly income.
On Nov. 8 last year, the government has banned the use of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes in circulation and introduced the new Rs 500 and Rs 2000 notes.