- Post 29 November 2016
State Congress leaders gathered in front of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) office here and accused the Centre of hurting the working classes of the country by declaring old notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 illegal. The state units of the Left parties also staged protests against demonetisation.
State Congress president Ripun Bora said, "We support BJP's move to wipe out black money but we cannot accept this harassment of working class people. BJP is coming up with new norms everyday and, as a result, people are suffering like anything. Where did BJP get the money before the bypolls in Lakhimpur and Baithalangso?" Bora told reporters here.
Congress also said demonetisation had wreaked havoc on the economy and put small retailers at great risk of insolvency.
"We protested against the misery caused by the government. It has hurt the poor and the downtrodden directly. They are not covered by the banking sector and are unaware of e-transactions. Demonetisation has wreaked havoc on the economy by destroying the business of small retailers, transporters, supply chains, daily wage-earners and farmers," Bora said.
Several senior party leaders, including former minister Rakibul Hussain and leader of the opposition Debabrata Saikia, attended the protests.
The Left parties, under the umbrella of Left Democratic Manch, also staged protests. CPM, CPI, CPI-ML, Samajwadi Party, Liberal Democratic Party, Asom Sangrami Mancha, Aam Aadmi Party, Janata Dal (S), Revolutionary CPI and All-India Forward Bloc were part of the forum.