BJP notified its ‘friends’ before currency switch, says Arvind Kejriwal

Kejriwal demanded that the move be rolled back, and that names of people who allegedly deposited huge sums in banks before the PM’s announcement be made public.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:November 13, 2016 2:59 am
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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Saturday slammed the Centre over the demonetisation move, accusing the BJP of telling its “friends” about it before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement.

Kejriwal demanded that the move be rolled back, and that names of people who allegedly deposited huge sums in banks before the PM’s announcement be made public.

Attacking the PM and BJP chief Amit Shah, Kejriwal said, “In your eyes, who has more money in the country — Ambani, Adani, Sharad Pawar, Subhash Chandra and Badal or the rickshaw-puller, the hairstylist, the cobbler and the shopkeeper?”

“Who are standing in queues (at ATMs and banks)? The common man, housewives, rickshaw pullers, small traders, Sadar and Chandni Chowk traders, farmers and labourers. People are dying. Modiji’s surgical strike is on the common man,” Kejriwal said.

“The ATMs are designed for old currency, not the new currency. The government knew this. This decision should be rolled back. This will have repercussions on the economy and affect the job market. Will people do their job, look after their kids, or will they keep standing in lines for Rs 2,000?” he said.

Targeting the BJP chief over his statement that demonetisation has shaken those with black money, Kejriwal said, “Now Amit Shah is giving lessons on honesty in this country. There cannot be a bigger irony than that.”

He added, “A channel made the revelation that in the past three months, thousands of crores have been deposited in banks. Many bank deposits had gone in negative and now they are showing growth. Whose money was it?”

He also questioned how Sanjeev Kamboj, who heads BJP’s Punjab legal cell, had Rs 2,000 notes on November 6 — even before the PM’s announcement. “The notes came in the market on November 10. Kamboj was showing them on social media. It’s clear that BJP leaders already knew,” he said.

Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay hit back, saying, “He (Kejriwal) spoke on the Punjab elections and it indicates that his financial arrangements have broken down. Kejriwal’s party had stacked hundreds of crores for Punjab and Goa elections.”