The Congress’ call to celebrate today as ‘akrosh diwas’ with an intent of opposing the Central government’s decision of demonetising Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes has failed to garner any response from the public in Mysuru.
Remember, on November 8, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had banned the Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes, termed as a surgical attack against black money. But the unexpected move by Modi caught the country off guard which saw a rush of people in front banks and ATMs from the past 20 days across the country. The opposition parties have tried to counter the ruling NDA government against banning of notes, which according to them has led to chaos all over.
The nation-wide protests was called upon by the Congress-led opposition including the CPI-M, CPI, All India Forward Bloc, Revolutionary Socialist Party, Janata Dal-United, Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Nationalist Congress Party.
Day-to-day life of Mysureans went about as normal with no sign of protest anywhere. Though the Congress had made it clear that it will not conduct a bandh but only a protest, the public seemed to have opposed that thought as well.
Apart from Congress staging a protest at the Gandhi square, the other parts had no sign of any protests except for the Lorry Owners Association staging a protest against the demonetisation which caused inconvenience to their business. Schools and colleges were open, market place was buzzing with its usual trade, hospitals were open, buses and auto rickshaws plied on roads and people were seen to go on with daily chores.
The Mysore University conducted its examination as decided without any changes in its timetable. Both government KSRTC buses and private buses plied in and out of the city without any hassles.
“We are not supporting any protests of the opposition party. Even though the central government’s move of demonetisation has caused a little inconvenience, we believe it is for good. At least this decision of the government will do well for the next generation to come,” said a rickshaw driver in the city when probed about supporting the ‘akrosh diwas’.
Meanwhile, city BJP activists celebrated ‘vijayotsava’ against the ‘akrosh diwas’ of the Congress. BJP workers staged a function at Hootgalli against the protests of the Congress. Led by former minister S A Ramdas, BJP workers were distributing sweets to the pourakarmikas, who had come out to work today.
The police department has beefed up security across the city for any untoward incidents.