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Demonetization: Congress protests in front of RBI office in Guwahati
Taking the demonetization issue to the streets, Assam Pradesh Congress Committee on January 18 demonstrated in front of the Reserve Bank of India office in Guwahati as part of its nationwide RBI Gherao programme.
Led by APCC president Ripun Bora, AICC general secretary CP Joshi, leader of Opposition Debabrata Saikia, former Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi and other party leaders; slogan shouting Congress members and supporters attempted to break the security barricade to enter inside the RBI gate.
Ripun Bora told journalists at the protest venue that “Modi by his demonetization step has attacked democracy and is causing undue long suffering to the common and poor people. Demonetization has hit the economy.”
“BJP government must realise that we will not stop protesting against Modi’s anti-people policy. They have deployed CRPF, SSB personnel to unleash violence on Congress and women,” said the APCC chief who was arrested and released later.
The protestors shouted slogans such as “Modi hatao, desh bachao”, “Modi sarkar hai hai”, “Modi go back go back” and “Rahul Gandhi jindabad”.
Around 1,300 Congress workers including MP Ripun Bora and other senior leaders were detained at Dighalipukhri. They were later released. Police said that they had to take the preventive measures to maintain the law and order situation.