KalingaTV News Network
Bhubaneswar: The BJD staged a two-hour ‘silent demonstration’ in front of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), SBI Regional Offices in the state capital Bhubaneswar along with all other nationalised banks in the state protesting the cash crunch in ATMs.
Members of Biju Yuva Janata Dal (BYJD), Biju Chhatra Janata Dal (BCJD), Biju Mahila Janata Dal (BMJD) held sit-in protests before the banks in the city and resorted to sloganeering against the Central Government over demonetisation decision. Strikers were also seen counseling customers on the issue.
While the demonstration remained largely peaceful, some BJD workers barged into the SBI Regional Office during the protest. However, no damage to the property was reported.
Youth BJD leaders as well as former ministers Arun Sahoo and Sanjay Dasburma also remained present at the protest site and thoroughly criticised the Central Government’s failure in managing the post-demonetisation situation in the country.
“Demonetisation has failed to achieve its basic objective of bringing back the black money to the country. Lack of proper planning before demonetisation initiative has given rise to the situation of today in which farmers, students and poor reamin to be the worst sufferers. Currency notes of Rs 2,000 denominations have vanished from the market for past few days resulting in an undeclared ‘financial emergency’ thrust upon the people. We protest it,” said Dasburma.
BJD had announced for the two-hour silent demonstration from 10am to 12 noon – in front of the RBI headquarters in Bhubaneswar and all nationalised banks in sub-divisions and blocks across the state at a press conference in the city yesterday.