CPI-M to mark ‘Akrosh Divas’ against note ban

New Delhi, Nov 23 (IANS) In pursuance of the oppositions decision to observe November 28 as ‘Akrosh Divas, the CPI-M will organise various forms of protests, including a general strike against the demonetisation decision, the party said on Wednesday.

“Opposition parties in Parliament have now decided, through separate calls, to observe November 28 as an ‘All-India Protest Day’ or ‘Akrosh Divas’,” the Communist Party of India-Marxist said in a statement.

“The CPI-M calls upon all its units across the country to organise an All-India Protest Day on November 28 against the withdrawal of the 1,000- and 500-rupee notes, the consequent anarchy it has caused in the country and the consequent mounting agonies of the vast majority of our people, particularly the poor and the marginalised sections,” the statement said.

“Depending on the concrete conditions in each state, the state committees will decide on various forms of actions — mass demonstrations, dharnas, picketing of RBI and central government offices, road and rail blockades, commercial and general strikes etc.,” it said.

On Tuesday, six Left parties, including the CPI-M and the Communist Party of India (CPI), announced a week-long mass movement across the country beginning Thursday.

Opposition parties gathered at the Gandhi statue in Parliament complex on Tuesday, demanding from the government answers to their questions on demonetisation.