BJP leaders were aware of demonetisation beforehand, alleges Congress

Written by: IANS
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New Delhi, Nov 13  Senior Congress leader and former union minister Anand Sharma on Sunday claimed that BJP leaders were aware about the government's demonetisation decison beforehand and demanded a court monitored probe into the alleged transactions.

"We have already brought the charge and we will raise it again that they (the BJP) had informed their people about the (demonetisation) move. There have been huge transactions in bullion, diamonds, foreign exchange and securities prior to the demonetisation," said Sharma.

"A list needs to be drawn about all these transactions and they need to be probed by a Supreme Court monitored panel," he said.

Anand Sharma

Pointing to people queuing up outside banks to exchange the now demonetise currency notes, the former Union Minister accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of "mocking" the people of the country.

"Modi has insulted and mocked the people of the country in a cruel manner. Crores of people have been standing in queues outside banks with many of them not having food for days now. Does the Prime Minister think all these people are black money hoarders or criminals?.

"The government in August had informed parliament that only 0.02 percent of the nearly 17 lakh crore currency in circulation is counterfeit, does that mean as much as 86.40 percent of the money is circulation is black money," he asked.

In a major attempt to tackle hoarding of black money, corruption and terror financing, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on November 8, announced that all Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 rupee notes would cease to be valid in all forms of transactions.


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