Taking a jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress leader Anant Gadgil on Wednesday asked if citizens will now get at least Rs five lakh out of the promised Rs 15 lakh “as the government must have collected a lot of black money due to demonetisation”. “Lot of black money must have been collected due to scrapping of high currency notes. If that is so, then will Modi deposit at least Rs five lakh of the Rs 15 lakh promised in the bank accounts of people?” asked Gadgil, who is the AICC panel spokesman.
Modi, during the 2014 Lok Sabha election campaign, had prominently highlighted the issue of black money and had promised to bring it back. He had said that every citizen will receive Rs 15 lakh in their bank accounts.
Gadgil said Modi should also clarify if Rs 15,000 crore were spent on printing of new notes and whether the country suffered losses to the tune of Rs 25 lakh crore since transactions across the country were almost shut for a week since the announcement of demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes.
“Lack of proper planning and vision is the reason for the present chaos. There was a move to close banks for five to six days after the decision, but had to be withdrawn because of the adverse reaction from people,” he claimed.
He said BJP leaders are claiming that five per cent people have huge amount of black money. “If that is so why are 95 per cent people held to ransom for the last one week,” he asked.