New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday asked all BJP MPs, MLAs and MLCs to come clean on black money, if any with them, by submitting details of any scrapped notes deposited in banks from November 8 to December 31 to party president Amit Shah on January 1.
His directive came at a customary Tuesday meeting of the BJP Parliamentary Party where he justified a Bill introduced in the Lok Sabha on Monday and passed on Tuesday, stressing that it will help use the money looted from the poor for their welfare. “The Bill is not for turning black money into white but to spend the money looted from the poor on their welfare,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar told media quoting Modi”s speech at the meeting. He said the Bill is part of the government”s steps to eradicate black money and corruption.
Kumar said the tax collected on the money deposited under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan scheme will be spent on electricity, roads, toilets and education, among other welfare measures. This is the second income disclosure scheme – less than two months after the closure of an earlier scheme – but on more stringent terms and entailing a higher compliance burden.
FARCE: The Aam Aadmi Party claimed Modi”s directive to the BJP MPs and MLAs as another farce as they were tipped off and hence they had already “settled their unaccounted cash” by the time Modi made the announcement and so what use asking them to give details of bank transactions after November
8 and that to Amit Shah and not to the Income Tax authorities.
Its leader Ashutosh told a Press conference that the BJP MPs and MLAs should make the disclosures in public about their transactions six months prior to demonetisation as that alone will establish how they had scampered to put all Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes in banks before Modi scrapped them. “He (Modi) is a very good event manager. It is a farce. What authority does Amit Shah hold? IT department should be given the details. BJP leaders had all the information before November 8 itself. The real picture will come to light if their transactions six months prior to November 8 are looked into,” Ashutosh said.
Meanwhile, both the Houses of Parliament that have not functioned since the month-long winter session started two weeks ago on November 16 were adjourned again on Tuesday after uproarious scenes as the Opposition insists on no debate on demonetisation and no other business until the PM attends it and explains the shocking measure he initiated putting the people across the nation into shambles.
Modi on Tuesday took to Twitter to thank the voters for reposing faith in the BJP in different polls across the country, asserting that “these results across India illustrate that people want all-round progress of the nation and will not tolerate corruption & misgovernance.” “Over the last few days we have seen the results oF various polls, Parliamentary, Assembly and local polls across India. ….Be it the Northeast, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat…BJP has performed very well. I thank the people,” he tweeted. Modi”s remarks come as a sequel to the BJP winning maximum seats in municipal council elections in Maharashtra and Gujarat. In the first elections after the government”s demonetisation decision, the BJP won by-polls in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh that were held on November 19.