New Delhi, Nov 12, 2016: Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal sharply criticised Narendra Modi led central government for a hasty and unplanned decision to demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes and leaving aside general public to suffer.
Sibal termed the currency ban as a politically motivated decision ahead of upcoming election in states of Uttar Pardesh, Gujrat, Punjab and Goa.
Addressing media, Sibal said, “My question is…account is mine, money is mine, then why should I stand in a line?”
While criticizing Modi’s Japan visit, Sibal said: At a time when the PM should have been present in the country, he is not here but in Japan.
Banks are in Danger, comman man is helpless and Prime Minister Narendra Modi is responsible for all this, he said.
“This is a decision made in haste, not a well thought out decision. A commission of inquiry should be set up with reference to all the money that was spent by BJP before Modi became PM,” he added.
He also demanded setting up of a commission of inquiry to gauge all the money that was spent by BJP before Modi became PM.
The kind of money which Bhartiya Janata Party has spent in all their campaigns and Functions suggested that a lot of black money went into it, he said.
“Modiji should make a promise that whether it (polls) is in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab or anywhere else, for every meeting that takes place of BJP, there will be an expenditure account of the party irrespective of expenses on putting up tents and posters, bringing water tanks, all that is given by cheque. Who gives the cheque whom it is given, all that should be put up on their websites,” he said.
“Only then will we understand that he is serious about it and this is not an election jumla,” he said. Raising the demand for a probe on all poll expenses spent earlier, Sibal said, “I would suggest that Narendra Modi ji for all this strike on black money should set up a commission of inquiry with reference to all the money that was spent by the BJP before Mr Modi became the Prime Minister.”
He also highlighted that how BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi termed UPA’s decision of demonetisation of currency notes before 2005 as “anti-poor and a mockery with the poor people”. “BJP had completely opposed it (at that time). Is it not a mockery with the poor people now? It is also a jumla and nothing else,” he said.
Refering to BJP’s campaign during 2014 Lok Sabha polls, Sibal alleged that a lot of “black money” went into the 2014 election campaign of the BJP.