PM asks all BJP lawmakers to disclose their bank details to party chief

RSTV Bureau
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, along with union ministers Arun Jaitley, Rajnath Singh, Venkaiah Naidu and senior leader L K Advani during BJP parliamentary party meeting, Nov 22, 2016. Photo - PTI

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, along with union ministers Arun Jaitley, Rajnath Singh, Venkaiah Naidu and senior leader L K Advani during BJP parliamentary party meeting, Nov 22, 2016.
Photo – PTI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked all the BJP MPs and MLAs to submit the details of their bank accounts to the party president Amit Shah. Addressing the BJP Parliamentary meeting on Tuesday, he asked his lawmakers to provide all the details of transactions from November 8, the day he announced demonetisation — till December 31, 2016.

The ruling party has projected this as another step aimed to accountability and clean politics.

Ever since the announcement of demonetisation – banning Rs 500 and Rs 1000 – was made, the section of opposition has alleged the BJP of leaking the information to the people close to them.

Besides, they have also raised the allegations of big transactions by either the BJP state units or persons associated with the party in the days/weeks immediately preceding the demonetisation move.

Alleging a leak, Congress, BSP and Left parties had sought to corner the government over the reports of Rs 1 crore deposited by the BJP’s state unit in Bengal, just hours before PM Modi’s address to the nation on November 8, where he announced the demonetisation move.

Earlier last week, Congress and JD(U) also raised questions over the purchase of land by the BJP’s Bihar unit in different parts of the state. The Opposition alleged that organisational leaders in the BJP were “informed in advance” about the demonetisation decision.

Though the BJP had shot down all the allegations, terming them “absurd and preposterous”, the issue has been repeatedly raised by the opposition.

But now by asking all its MPs and MLAs across the country to disclose their recent transactions, the ruling party may just be devising another strategy to blunt the allegations made by the critics.