Criticising central government over the policy demonetisation, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal called it a “huge scam”. Raking up a controversy, he claimed that the ruling BJP had told all its “friends” about the move much before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement.
Backing his claims, Kejriwal alleged that Sanjeev Kamboj, who heads BJP’s Punjab legal cell, was seen with new notes of Rs 2,000 on social media days before the Prime Minister announced withdrawing high value currency.
“From July to September, there had been a sudden jump in deposits of money in banks which clearly indicates that BJP had told all its friends much before the announcement of demonetisation by the PM. It is a huge scam,” he said in a press conference.
The Delhi Chief Minister also showed a news channel’s report which claimed high jump in deposits in banks during July-September quarter, adding that before that period, deposits in banks were “very low”.
Demanding an immediate roll back of demonetisation, Kejriwal said only common man is suffering.
“In the name of black money, a huge scam is operating in the country. People are suffering as there is no cash in ATMs. Since early morning, they have to stand in long queues outside banks and ATMs. Through demonetisation, black money will not come in the system,” he said.
Posing questions to the Modi government and the ruling party, Kejriwal asked who all had a prior knowledge on the demonetisation before the move was announced.
“BJP should disclose a list of all its friends whom it had told about the demonetisation much before the Prime Minister’s announcement and that settled their black money,” he said.
“What according to the Prime Minister is the definition of black money? Have India’s top industrialists – Ambani, Adani, Sharad Pawar, Subhash Chandra and Badal amassed black money or the common man like farmers, rickshaw-pullers, shopkeepers and labourers did,” he asked his presser.
Claiming there is “nervousness” among people, Kejriwal said, “In the coming days, demonetisation move is going to be like a huge blow to the Indian economy and will only lead to joblessness”.
Responding to Kejriwal’s barbs, BJP hit back saying Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) was siding with the black money hoarders, besides calling his allegations “baseless”.
“Allegations of Arvind Kejriwal are not taken seriously by anybody today because he does not owe any responsibility to people to offer any proof for probe of these allegations,” BJP spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao said.
“Arvind Kejriwal and his Aaam Aadmi Party also seem to have become a victim of the surgical strike (on corruption and black money),” Rao added.
(With inputs from the PTI)