Opposition parties, which had called for a Bharat Bandh called Aakrosh Diwas have toned down the intensity to protests and not closure of services and offices.
However, the Left Front, which has a presence in Kerala, Bengal and Tripura, has called for ‘Bharat Bandh’ in these three states and the Congress which has its government in Karnataka has toned down the terms of bandh to mere protests. The protests involve no closure of shops, schools, colleges in Karnataka too.
Even Trinamool Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party deferred from a strike and said they would hold protests across the country. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has supported the ban on high value currency to stem black money in the country already.
The Congress said it did not call for a bandh but “Misinformation has been spread by the BJP,” said Congress leader Jairam Ramesh.
Soon Venkaiah Naidu retorted, “Knowing the popular support to demonetisation, Congress has changed its tactics from calling for a countrywide bandh to Aakrosh rallies.”