A day after the Centre exempted political parties from income tax scrutiny, provided deposits in demonetised currency are under Rs 20,000 per donor, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the intentions of Prime Minister Narendra Modi were questionable and the funding of all political parties should be probed by a commission. “Every person who deposits over Rs 2.5 lakh will be probed. Then why should political parties be exempted?” Kejriwal asked.
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He added, “We demand setting up of an independent commission to probe bank account details of political parties over the past five years, to investigate their sources of funding.”
“Everybody knows that most of the black money is with political parties. All our (Aam Aadmi Party’s) I-T returns are being probed. Just yesterday, the present and former treasurers were summoned. We have been showing all vouchers and receipts. We have nothing to fear,” said Kejriwal.
He said the Centre should make public details of money deposited by all political parties post-demonetisation and sought the removal of the “less than Rs 20,000 donation cap” for tax exemption, saying that “each paisa the parties receive should be accounted for”. He said that while Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi had claimed that there would be an “earthquake” after he disclosed information he had against the Prime Minister, he had said nothing after meeting Modi on Friday.
“Surprisingly, Rahul Gandhi had been saying he had proof against Modiji. But this decision (exemption for political parties) came after they had a meeting. Is there a deal between the two? I would ask Rahul Gandhi to show the proof he has against Modiji. Why is he afraid? When we had documents against Modiji, we placed them before the public. Is it because of the deal they struck yesterday?” Kejriwal said.
Kejriwal said that while much of the media said demonetisation was a good move that was badly implemented, he had been saying right from the beginning that the intentions behind the move were not good.
“It is unconstitutional. It is my money earned with blood and sweat. The government is stopping me from taking my own money from the bank. How can it deny me my money? Modiji ne daka daal diya (Modi has raided), I am sure the court will hold it unconstitutional,” said Kejriwal. He said the rise in fuel prices announced Friday was the result of the weakened rupee in the wake of demonetisation.