Gujarat Congress on Sunday alleged that the Centre has introduced demonetisation of high value currency notes as a “face saving exercise”, as it has failed to fulfil its pre-poll promise of bringing back black money stashed in foreign banks. Senior Congress leader Shankersingh Vaghela took a dig at the BJP-led Central government alleging that the move to scarp currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 is a “conspiracy” by the saffron party to help those close to them to convert black money into white at the cost of hardships faced by common man in exchanging their notes.
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“In their campaign for 2014 Lok Sabha polls, BJP had promised to bring back black money parked in Swiss banks. Now, as the government failed to fulfil their promise, they came up with this idea, which is nothing but a face saving exercise by the BJP,” said Vaghela.
Terming the decision of demonetisation as ‘lunatic’, he accused the BJP of targeting all those political parties which are raising questions.
“This is a lunatic decision by the Centre. When former PM Manmohan Singh floated this idea of demonetisation during UPA rule, these BJP leaders protested such a move. Now, when people are opposing the move, BJP is accusing them of having black money,” Vaghela said at a press conference here today.
“This is nothing but a conspiracy to help their near and dear ones to convert their black money into white at the cost of hardship of common men. Innocent citizens are paying a high price for such decision,” said Vaghela, who is the Leader of Opposition in Gujarat Assembly.