CHENNAI: DMK staged a state-wide human chain protest against demonetisation and appealed to political parties to demand a vote in Parliament on the issue.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi should hold deliberations and take appropriate action,” DMK treasurer and leader of opposition M K Stalin told reporters after inaugurating the human chain in Chennai. He participated in the event in Purasalwakkam and travelled in an autorickshaw, without the hood, up to Kolathur, his constituency.
“While the BJP-led regime might claim that people were on their side on the issue, they are actually siding with banks (taking a dig at long queues outside ATMs and banks),” said Stalin, taking on the Centre. He demanded that Prime Minister Modi ease the “crisis”.
“If the Centre had taken steps to ensure adequate circulation of sufficient new notes, including Rs 100 currencies, prior to the demonetisation move, such problems would not have risen,” said Stalin, speaking at a well-attended gathering.
DMK cadres organised the human chain protest across the state as well as in Puducherry. Workers and functionaries of different wings of DMK took part in the agitation. Carrying banners with slogans criticising demonetisation, they stood in long lines on the sides of main roads.
Participants said the demonetisation had affected traders, daily wage earners, petty vendors, and unorganised labourers.
(With PTI inputs)