No Bharat bandh today, only protests over demonetisation, says Congress

No Bharat bandh, only protests over demonetisation: CongressPolice detain Congress activists during a protest against the note ban outside RBI in Ahmedabad. Pic/PTI

New Delhi: Accusing the BJP of spreading misinformation, the Congress on Sunday said it has not called for a 'Bharat bandh' or a countrywide shutdown on Monday but 'Jan Aakrosh Diwas' to hold protests over demonetisation.

"There will be protest rallies; we have not called for a 'Bharat bandh' (shutdown). Misinformation has been spread by the BJP which is ill-informed," said senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh.

"The Bharatiya Janata Party has spread the misinformation that the Congress and other opposition parties have called for a 'bandh'. The country is already shut from November 9, a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the demonetisation move. That's why we don't want a 'Bharat bandh'," he added.

Addressing a rally in Kushinagar in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said while he had called for an end to corruption and black money, the opposition was rooting for the 'Bharat bandh'.

"The government is working to end the flow of black money and corruption but they (opposition) are talking about Bharat bandh (shutdown)," Modi said.

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