Thiruvananthapuram | The ruling CPI(M)-led LDF in Kerala on Thursday announced 12-hour hartal on November 28 as part of the nation-wide agitation by opposition parties against demonetisation, which the front said has “caused hardship to common man.”
“The demonetisation of high value notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 by the Centre without making alternative arrangements has caused untold sufferings to people,” LDF Convener Vaikom Viswam said in a statement.
He charged that under the cover of demonetisation, the Centre was trying to wreck the strong c-ooperative sector in the state.
The November 28 hartal would be observed between 6 AM to 6 PM. Banks, newspapers, milk supply, hospitals and marriage functions would be exempted from the shut down, Viswam said.
However, the Congress-led UDF opposition distanced itself from the hartal.
UDF said it would instead hold a picketing in front of the Raj Bhavan here on November 28 as part of the nation-wide stir.
Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Ramesh Chennithala said the hartal would only further aggravate the hardship faced by common people.
The LDF’s hartal announcement comes in line with the CPI(M)’s call to observe November 28 as “All India Protest Day” against the withdrawal of Rs 500/1,000 currency notes.
LDF also asked the Centre to allow the use of demonetised currency till alternative arrangements were made till December 30.
With the Centre not allowing the co-operative banks to exchange old notes, their operation had come to a standstill, pushing ordinary man who depend on the system to various financial difficulties, LDF said.