Kolkata, November 12: While opposition has slammed BJP for running up a political gimmick in the name of black money, a news report regarding the deposition of Rs 3 crore by West Bengal Bhartiya Janta Party in a nationalised bank merely 8 days before the Prime Minister’s historic speech on Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes demonetisation has triggered a fresh controversy.
The report also highlighted that the last money deposition involving Rs 40 lakh was made a few minutes before the PM’s speech.
Earlier on Saturday, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has also slammed BJP for leaking the news to its friends and fooling the nation by propagating a sudden currency ban. West Bengal CM Mamta Banerjee also reiterated that the decision has left people cashless and affected each household badly. Banerjee also penned a poem to decry currency ban and urge center to roll back its decision to cease Rs500 and Rs 1000 notes.
Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal held a press conference and slammed PM Modi for running a yet another Joomla campaign and dared BJP to disclose its political funding if it were serious about black money. Congress criticized common man’s suffering at behest of unplanned and hasty demonetisation started by BJP for political benefits ahead of election in four states.
However, as expected, BJP has insisted the deposition is not linked to a controversy but it proves compliance in our party.
As per the news published in Ganashakti on Friday, BJP had deposited Rs 60 lakh and Rs 40 lakh in neatly packed Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes in saving account no 554510034 of West Bengal BJP. The other fishy aspect about the transaction is, the last deposit at Indian Bank’s Central Avenue branch was made around 8 pm the time when banks are usually closed.
The report also disclosed that two other transactions were made in different current accounts of state unit on November 1 and 5 retrospectively for Rs 75 lakh and Rs 1.25 crore.
CPM state secretary Surjya Kanta Mishra commented on the news and said: It’s possible that BJP members were well aware of this ban and that is why they deposited huge amounts in banks across the nation to make their black money white.
State BJP president Dilip Ghosh, however said, “Normally, party funding happens through donations and cash forms a part of it. We issue receipts against the cash received. Copies of such receipts are available with the party for verification.”
Congress spokesman Anand Sharma slammed BJP for leaking news and asked the Centre to provide a list of people who had invested over Rs 5 lakh in jewellery, forex and shares between October 20 and November 8.
He also said that the ban has brought “financial chaos” in country.