BJP accuses Congress of spreading 'misinformation' on the black money issue

The BJP also stated that 80 per cent people in the country are happy and only those who have ill-gotten cash are worried.

Published: 09th November 2016 08:38 PM  |   Last Updated: 09th November 2016 08:38 PM   |  A+A-


An employee checks a 500 Indian rupee note at a cash counter inside a bank in Agartala. (File Photo | Reuters)

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: The BJP on Wednesday accused the Congress of spreading misinformation with mala Fide intention on the decision of the NDA government at the Centre to denotify the old notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000. The BJP claimed that the Congress had ruled the country on the might of black money and institutionalizing the spread of unaccounted money.

“That the Congress claims that the people in the rural areas and farmers, in particular, will face inconveniences are completely unfounded. The agricultural income is income tax-free and the farmers can freely go to any bank branch in their areas to exchange their old notes. The Prime Minister has already clarified that honest people will not face any kind of inconvenience and robust arrangements have been put in place,” said Gopal Krishna Agarwal, the BJP leader who is a points-person for economic issues.

The BJP also stated that 80 per cent people in the country are happy and only those who have ill-gotten cash are worried and spreading misinformation. “The decision of the Prime Minister will be a legacy for the future generation that a government took such a decisive step against unaccounted and black money. The political class and the bureaucracy amass the black money and the decision to denotify the old notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 will hurt them the most,” added Agarwal.

The BJP maintained that the government decision was already in the public domain as the economists had been discussing the option to do away with these notes as a way to hit the black money hard. “The Congress is largely making attempts to confuse people on the landmark initiative. The apprehensions expressed by the Congress have already been addressed and carried by the Prime Minister and Finance Minister Arun Jaitely,” said Agarwal.

Meanwhile, the BJP veteran L K Advani showered fulsome praise on the Prime Minister for “bold” step against black money. Incidentally, Advani had attempted to make black money an election issue in 2009 in which he was the Prime Ministerial candidate of the NDA. “Prime Minister Narendra has given an effective direction to the need to establish an accountable and transparent democratic system which is sensitive to the common man and free from corruption. I congratulate Modi for the bold and decisive step,” said Advani in a media statement.

Another BJP patriarch Murli Manohar Joshi also lauded the Prime Minister "blitzkrieg on the unaccounted money". He stated that the government decision against black money is bold and timely. “It
should be supported in full despite short-term inconveniences. It is a right step for making India corruption free," Joshi added.

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