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Lalu demands rollback of note ban and GST
November 13, 2017
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PATNA: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad on Sunday demanded an immediate rollback of demonetisation and GST “for the sake of the people.”

“Roll back notebandi and GST (Goods and Services Tax) for the sake of the people and the country,” the RJD leader told the media here.

Calling the two decisions “anti-people,” Lalu Prasad said no patchwork would do because both decisions had failed on the ground.

“People have been hard hit by notebandi and GST, they are upset and worried,” said the former Bihar Chief Minister.

Lalu Prasad said he would unite all like-minded opposition parties across the country over the two issues.

He said a united and strong opposition was a must “as there is an Emergency like situation in the country and the central government is working like a dictator.”

He accused the Modi government of failing to provide jobs and control price rise.

RJD and the Congress on Wednesday protested against demonetisation across Bihar and observed Nov.8 as a “black day” to mark the completion of one year of the note ban.

Hundreds of slogan-shouting workers of the RJD and the Congress staged a protest against demonetisation in Patna and took out a march to the District Magistrate’s office.

“Protesting workers of RJD and Congress broke barricades put up by the district administration to stop them and entered the collectorate,” a district police official said.

Lalu Prasad led a protest in Hajipur, the district headquarters of Vaishali. He also addressed a rally against notebandi.

“Last year on Nov.8, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced demonetisation that not only claimed the lives of over 100 people but also affected one and all,” he said.

He further said that demonetisation had created joblessness, slowed down businesses, and hit hard farmers and common people. “Demonetisation has harmed the country.”

Leader of opposition in the Bihar assembly Tejashwi Yadav said the central government’s decision of demonetisation was “anti-people” and “anti-poor.”

“People are unhappy and angry over notebandi followed by GST by Modi, and therefore, observing black day,” he said.

Indo-Asian News Service
 

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