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Party claims its land buys not linked with note ban

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NEW DELHI : The Bharatiya Janata Party on Saturday dismissed as “absurd” the charge of the party buying land across the country to save its skin from the demonetisation. The purchase of properties is going on since 2015 and not started just before the demonetisation as alleged, said senior BJP leader and union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in a statement issued on behalf of the party.  Asserting that the purchases so made had nothing to do with the demonetisation, he said national party president Amit Shah had called for building the party offices to meet its requirements as the largest political party in the world during the “Maha Sampark Abhiyan” (mass contact campaign) in Bangalore on July 5, 2015.  Prasad said Shah had even set the target of building a new party office in every organisational district across the country by December 2016. He said the party workers had collected funds to buy land and build the party offices.  He said the party and its karyakartas (workers) have been working relentlessly for the last 16 months to achieve this.  “Hence, it is preposterous to suggest that a normal activity undertaken by the party as part of its regular and decided agenda to expand at the grassroot levels had anything to do with the demonetisation scheme which has come into effect from November 9,” Prasad said.