Congress leader Sachin Pilot on Tuesday dared BJP to declare Assembly polls in five states as a referendum on demonetisation if it was confident that the move has helped in checking terrorism, black money, naxalism and drugs menace. Claiming that demonetisation brought instability in the country, he said “even leaders from BJP are openly admitting that demonetisation is a failed move”.
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Pilot, who is Rajasthan PCC chief, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi should tell the public who is responsible for the deaths of 125 people, who lost their lives while standing in queue to withdraw money from banks. “If BJP is so confident that demonetisation has helped in checking terrorism, black money, naxalism, drugs then it should declare it as a referendum in the poll bound five states,” the former union minister said at Chandigarh.
Maintaining that Congress’ campaign in poll-bound states is “cohesive and positive”, he said the party rebels were not a serious threat as they have already been rejected by the people.
Demanding a white paper from ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD)-BJP in Punjab on the issues of farmers suicides, drugs, industry and debt, he said “People of Punjab have rejected the SAD-BJP alliance and made up their mind to form a Congress government. Shiv Sena (in Maharashtra) has left BJP and after Punjab polls, Akalis will also dump the saffron party.”
He alleged that Delhi CM and his all MLAs are campaigning in Punjab and Goa, by ignoring the national capital and public money of Delhi is being “wasted” by AAP on its poll campaign in the two states.
Pilot also attacked AAP for “dumping” the party’s founders Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav.
Rejecting that AAP has an upper edge in 69 Assembly seats in Malwa belt of Punjab, he said, “In the last Lok Sabha four MPs of AAP won from Malwa belt, but now the people have understood that this party throws out important person after getting power.”