Even as the NDA government at the Centre faces flak for purported inaction on black money, BJP MLA Gyan Dev Ahuja has come up with an alternate ‘strategy’ to deal with “do number ka paisa”.
Ahuja said that whenever he is offered any “illegitimate money”, he spends it on noble causes like upkeep of temples, offering help for the wedding of girls from poor families and for saving cows, adding that he also gives the donor a receipt for it.
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The BJP MLA, who was last in news for his controversial remarks on JNU and the Nehru-Gandhi family, revealed his ‘strategy’ to deal with black money while interacting with journalists at the Circuit House in Alwar on Friday.
When contacted, Ahuja said he made the remarks while responding to a question on whether politicians were offered black money. “I said yes, all the time. But when it is offered to me, I don’t use it personally. People who offer it ask whether they should donate it to the party, but I tell them the party has enough funds,” Ahuja told The Sunday Express.
“Whenever someone offers it to me, I ask them to spend it on some good cause, like on the upkeep of temples and gurdwaras… I also give them a receipt. Some people ask me, why a receipt if it is illegitimate money. I say they have spent it on a good cause, so what is the harm in giving them a receipt,” he said. The MLA said he saw nothing inappropriate in the remarks. “I am not one to prevaricate. If I said something, I stand by it. I won’t blame journalists for using my words out of context like others do,” Ahuja said.