Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Wednesday said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will observe November 8 as anti-black money day, adding that they will highlight anti-corruption steps taken since then. Addressing the media in New Delhi, Jaitley said the objective of note ban was to end black money. “Note ban was aimed at less cash economy. Major objectives behind exercise already achieved,” he said.
Slamming the Congress party for inaction against black money, Jaitley said they had adequate opportunity to be in power and curb black money but they didn’t. “I can’t recollect a single significant step that they ever took against black money. They had reconciled to India living with a shadow economy. It is understandable this would never be on political agenda of Congress leadership.”
The BJP’s move comes after around 18 political parties announced that they would observe November 8 as ‘black day’ against note-ban, which they termed as the “most ill-conceived and hasty decision” by the NDA government.