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Bharat Bandh against demonetisation fails as opposition's arguments lack merit
It's always said that if your arguments lack merit, then even your closest friend will not support you. The same thing is happening with a united opposition on the issue of demonetisation. No one has a single argument that can convince anybody. That's why November 28th Bharat Bandh/Janaakrosh rallies proved a big failure.
On November 8th, Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared demonetisation of 1000 and 500 rupee notes. It surprised everyone including the opposition. No one could directly oppose this move and in fact indirectly supported it.

After two days, that is on 11th November, Mamata Banerjee termed it draconian and asked the government to withdraw it . The same was supported by APP chief and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, who too was silent for two days perhaps not getting any clue on how to react. Then the Congress started opposing and it followed by all other opposition parties.

In both the houses of Parliament from day one BJP made its stand clear that they are ready for a debate. In fact, the debate started in the Rajya Sabha on the first day of the winter session itself. Then both the houses were continuously disrupted for different reasons. Gradually it became clear that the opposition was not ready for a debate because Narendra Modi would definitely tear off all of their manufactured logic on anti-demonetisation aspect. In fact, Narendra Modi has started addressing people on the issue of demonetisation and all his future steps to eliminate black money and lead the nation toward a cashless economy.

Suddenly the opposition decided to go for a Bharat Bandh on 28th November. But, then they realised that public is not with them. Various surveys (I exclude the survey on Narendra Modi App) clearly indicated that more than three fourth of the population has welcomed the decision despite inconveniences. In such a case, opposing demonetisation is in a way opposing the public opinion.

Political leaders who are not disconnected from public immediately supported the move by Narendra Modi. Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, Andhra CM Chandrababu Naidu, Telangana CM K. Chandrasekhar Rao and Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik not only welcomed the move but also made necessary arrangements so that people of their respective states suffer less. They also distanced from the mindless opposition and Bharat Bandh call.

It's not that other opposition parties don't know the pulse of the public. They thought that people may react if their inconveniences are highlighted. But people gave a big thumb down. That's why the Congress came out to say that they are not for a bandh rather for a protest march. Mamata too withdrew herself from Bharat Bandh.

The result is visible. Nothing is bandh (except establishments in left ruled states i.e. Kerala and Tripura) and neither any protest rally got the public support. I asked some villagers, who are poor and illiterate too, regarding their opinion on such protests. They said that this is done by vested interest people whose black money has now become valueless. Isn't it interesting that though the people are suffering yet the opposition parties are not getting their support on demonetisation?

The rule of the game is set by PM Narendra Modi and his rivals are really dancing to his tunes. Only Nitish Kumar and KCR, despite being part of the opposition, got rid of the public anger and are able to sustain their image. Rest of all are although they claim themselves as pro-people are really exposed.

At the moment Narendra Modi has reached to a very high stature as compared to his rivals. This is the time he will push all his reforms. He has already started campaigning for cashless economy and the indications are very positive as people in rural areas have also started learning mobile banking.

Had the opposition supported this move and worked toward reducing public inconvenience, then their credibility would have sustained and they would have got more political advantage than the Prime Minister. But if the opposition opposes just for the sake of opposition without any logic, then they will only suffer.

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