Lalu says will launch protest against demonetisation

Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav on Saturday announced that his party will launch a protest against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision of demonetisation.

“RJD will stage protest against demonetisation at all the district headquarters on December 28,” Lalu told RJD legislators and workers, called here to chalk out a strategy to launch the protest.

Lalu also said his party would hold a huge rally against demonetisation in Patna early next year. “We have not decided the date but decided to organise a rally against demonetisation.”

He said he would invite leaders of all like-minded parties from across the country to the rally against demonetisation.

“It will pave the way for unity of opposition parties to take on the BJP and Modi-led government ahead of assembly polls in some states.”

Earlier, he targeted Modi’s decision of demonetisation, saying it has failed and would meet the same fate as the Congress’ forced sterilisation in the mid-70s during the Emergency.

“‘Notebandi’ ka wahi haal hoga jo Congress ke ‘nasbandi’ ka hua tha (Demonetisation will meet the same fate as forced sterilisation),” the RJD chief said.

“It is not ‘notebandi’, it is ‘farzibandi’ that has put common people in deep trouble,” Lalu said, adding that Modi has cheated people.

He reminded Modi of his promise made during the Lok Sabha polls of bringing back black money stashed abroad.

“Black money has not been brought back and the Rs 15 lakh, which Narendra Modi promised, has not been deposited in anyone’s bank account yet,” he said.

Lalu has been opposing demonetisation ever since its announcement on November 8, unlike Janata Dal-United President and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who is supporting it.