Demonetisation had no impact on misuse of money during elections: OP Rawat

OP Rawat

New Delhi, Dec 3: Former Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat on Monday said that Demonetisation had no impact on the misuse of money during elections.

Speaking about the common belief, Rawat told news agency ANI  “demonetisation it was thought that misuse of money during the election will be brought down. But it couldn’t be proved on basis of the data of the seizures. Compared to previous elections, there were more seizures in the same states”.

“It seems political class and their financiers have no dearth of money. Money used in this manner is generally black money”.

“As far as black money used in the election is concerned, there was no check on it”, he added.

On November 8, 2016, Prime Mnister Narnedra Modi led centyral government had declared Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes as non-legal and introduced new Rs 500 and Rs 2,000 notes.

Since then, the oppostion parties have been highly critical of the Centre’s decision, while the members of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies have supported the move.


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