New Delhi, Oct 25: In a bid to counter the opposition’s plan to observe the first anniversary of the demonetisation as ‘Black Day’, the ruling BJP on Wednesday said it will celebrate the day as “Anti-Black Money Day” across the country.
Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley addressing a media said “There was a parallel black money economy in the country. When the NDA government came to power (May 2014), Prime Minister Narendra Modi took steps to minimise and end it. On November 8, the BJP will celebrate ‘Anti-Black Money Day’ and create a mandate in favour of the steps taken against black money”.
The Senior BJP leader asserted it will be the Bharatiya Janata Party’s major programme, which will be attended by all Union Ministers, Chief Ministers and senior party leaders.
Highlighting the government’s steps to curb corruption and black money, Jaitley hit out at the opposition Congress for observing the demonetisation anniversary as ‘Black Day’.
“Various bank accounts were illegal and cases were filed against the holders. Demonetisation was a big step towards it. It was a huge step towards squeezing cash currency,” he asserted.
The opposition on Tuesday said it will observe November 8 as Black Day to protest against the “ill-conceived and hasty” decision of the BJP-led Centre to scrap Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes a year ago.