New Delhi: Mounting a fresh attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress on Monday, said leakage of demonetisation decision had helped BJP leaders buy property by converting their black money through various means a few months before it was announced.
Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge accused the Prime Minister of “selective leakage” of demonetisation move to his own party men, who converted their black money through property and other avenues.
“This shows who are the real supporters of black money,” he told reporters outside Parliament House.
Kharge said democracy functions through discussion and asked the Prime Minister to participate in the debate in Parliament on the issue if he believed in democratic values.
“If the Prime Minister believes in democracy, he should come to Parliament and participate in the debate and answer the concerns raised by the opposition on the demonetisation issue.
“You think you are a ‘samrat’ (king) and the country runs on the diktat of the ‘samrat’. Instead of speaking outside, you should come to Parliament and speak,” he said.
On the Prime Minister not speaking inside Parliament, he said, “If he speaks like this, he knows he could face privilege and contempt”.
Terming demonetisation as the “biggest scam”, Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala also accused Modi of leaking the demonetisation move to top BJP leaders, alleging they bought land using their black money.
The party released a list of some BJP leaders who allegedly bought 8 land parcels worth Rs34.1 million in Bihar in the run up to the November 8 demonetisation move.
Surjewala, flanked by Congress spokespersons Rajiv Gowda and Sushmita Dev, alleged that post expose of deposit of money in bank accounts of BJP leaders just before the demonetisation, “documents now prove” that BJP leaders bought the land.
“Modiji’s mask of fighting black money is off. Stop mocking the people of India and Parliament and look in the mirror. Make all BJP accounts public and tell the details of all property purchased by BJP leaders over the last one year and the truth of demonetisation scam will be out,” he said.
“Layers of demonetisation scam are getting unearthed by the day as a series of BJP transactions get exposed. Demonetisation is emerging as the biggest scam that needs to be probed through JPC and responsibility fixed,” Surjewala said.
At a glance
- New Rs500 notes with faulty printing valid: RBI
- They were meant to replace the demonetised currency, but some new 500-rupee notes are causing some confusion — because of printing errors.
- Apparently, in a rush to go to print, an unspecified number — no one knows exactly how many — of notes of Rs500 denomination have visible errors.
- They have caused doubts in the minds of the people whether these currency notes are genuine or fakes.
- The most sharking is the way the guarantee declaration has shifted to almost superimpose on the security thread in some notes, while in others there is a visible shadow of Mahatma Gandhi’s face. The position of the Ashoka Pillar lion is also in wrong place while some of the numbers on the note jut out.
- However, the RBI has said these are valid and can be used. If people find it difficult to transact in these notes, they have been advised to exchange them.
- The government had on November 8 announced the demonetisation of Rs500 and Rs1,000 currency notes with the aim of curbing black money and corruption.