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The shutdown called by Kerala’s ruling LDF on Monday appeared to be total as only private vehicles plied, offices registered minimal attendances, and normal life was crippled….reports Asian Lite News

2f7b1460fefce6efb8412be50771df88While the leading national opposition parties called for a nationwide protest the aftermath of the demonetisation, in Kerala the ruling Left Democratic Front government decided to organise a dawn-to-dusk shutdown.

The shutdown was called to denounce the demonetisation of high value currency which has left the cooperative banks in the state in turmoil.

Even though it was a state-wide shutdown, the organisers have left tourism activities and also the banking establishments out of the ambit of the call. They have also sought the pilgrims to the famed Sabarimala temple to be left unaffected by the shutdown.

Attendances in banks were poor, as vehicular traffic was affected.

The Pinarayi Vijayan-led government has also called the strike to protest the “rash” behaviour of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who declined to meet an all-party delegation from the state which wanted to apprise him of the turmoil in the cooperative sector.

The Congress-led opposition, however, expressed strong reservations over the shutdown.

Following the demonetisation, normal life has already turned upside down in the past 20 days and to further strain it would not be an answer to the woes, the Congress said.

Instead, the party decided it would stage a sit-in in front of the Kerala Raj Bhavan.

The officials at the Indian Space Research Organisation unit here worked under police security, as did the IT employees at Technopark here and at Kochi.

On November 8, the central government demonetised the Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes.

Two days later, permission was withdrawn for the 1,600-odd primary cooperative societies from accepting or exchanging the scrapped currency notes, creating widespread resentment in Kerala.

The total deposits in the cooperative banks are around Rs 1.27 lakh crore, says Kerala Cooperation Minister A.C. Moideen.

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  1. The hartal organised by the ruling LDF in Kerala only add burden to the citizen which they already experiencing for the past 20 days. Banks are exempted from the day long strike but it don’t offer any services to the society because no vehicles are running over the roads till six pm. Every body know that there is a tumultuous situation in Kerala after the central government imposed strict regulations on cooperative banks. But what the Kerala government can do is to appraise the central government about the cooperative crisis continuously rather than going for a shutdown. There is a talk around the corners in Delhi that Co-opeartvie banks are the main resort of black money hloders in Kerala and kerala have the reputation of having large black money in the country.
    So the Kerala government should implement all the necessary steps to curtail the black money flow to the state and reverse the center in their opinion. Financial audits will bring more transparency in to the business of co-operative banks. Instead of doing all these thinks imposing a hartal on public makes no logic. From here onwards all the political parties must take a sensible decision in the case of strikes.

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