Bharat Bandh: Damp squib in Bihar

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Patna, November 28
The Left sponsored dawn to dusk ‘Bharat Bandh’ to protest demonetisation proved to be a damp squib in Bihar today as normal life remained unaffected across the state.
Though the Left parties spearheaded by CPI(ML) blocked movement of trains at a few places in areas of their influence, schools, colleges and offices functioned normally. The bandh called by the Leftists had lost its sheen after Lalu Prasad led RJD and Congress decided not to lend support and instead staged protest against hardships faced by the people in general and farmers in the aftermath of demonetisation of high value notes. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar led JD(U) had at the very outset supported demonetisation and declared that it would not be part of the nationwide shut down today.
Hundreds of CPI(ML) workers staged protest march in Patna and blocked the movement of traffic near Dak Bunglow crossing for half an hour early in the morning. Party workers were taken into custody for staging protest march in the prohibited area. The Congress workers led by senior party leader and former president of Bihar Predesh Congress Committee (BPCC) Anil Sharma also staged a protest march before they were taken into custody while trying to reach near Dak Bunglow crossing.
Mr Sharma told media persons that the Congress was protesting on the streets in solidarity with common man who were facing acute hardship following the ban on high value currency notes without any homework required before launching such a massive operation.
Responding to a query, Mr Sharma said that the Congress was not guided by the stand taken by Chief Minister and JD(U) president Nitish Kumar on the issue. The JD(U) and Congress were only allies in Bihar while both the parties contested against each other in the Assam Assembly elections, he pointed out and added that even Mr Kumar had campaigned against Congress in Assam.

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