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Bengaluru MLA to boycott anti-national traders who support bandh against demonetisation
news Demonetisation Sunday, November 27, 2016 - 15:20

As opposition parties gear up for the nationwide bandh against demonetisation, a Bengaluru MLA has announced that he will boycott ‘anti-national’ traders who participated in the protest.

Jayanagar MLA BN Vijayakumar posted on Facebook on November 25, that he would not buy anything from traders who shut shop on November 28. The post came a day after opposition parties issued a call for a country-wide bandh against demonetisation, after taking the government to task over what former PM Manmohan Singh called a “monumental management failure”.

In his post, Vijayakumar said: “Either me or my family will not buy anything in future from the shop which is found closed on 28th November.”

“The shop which is kept closed on 28th Nov in support of Antinational Bandh will be deemed as forever closed for me,” he added.

At the time of writing, the post had been shared over 70 times and had dozens of comments and replies, most expressing support for the MLA’s move. Several people also said that they would follow suit.

A few critical voices, however, pointed out that everyone had a right to protest within the framework of the law. 

Since Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the recall of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes on the night of November 8, there has been a lot of criticism against the move, both in terms of its implementation and the reasoning that underpins it. 

While the bulk of the disgruntlement about the manner of implementation has come from members of the public who have had much difficulty in accessing cash, the rationale of the move has been questioned by economists.

The BJP-led NDA government at the centre has strongly defended the move, and the manner of implementation, claiming that the suddenness was crucial to corner black money hoarders. 


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