Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday lashed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for banning ₹500 and ₹1,000 notes and said the move had affected the common man.
In a video message, Kejriwal said people had started taking commission for converting black money into white and the move had encouraged corrupt officers.
“Two days ago, the PM had announced that ₹ 500 and ₹1,000 currency has been banned and since then there is chaos everywhere. The PM said the step was taken to end black money and corruption. We have been fighting against corruption for a long time and will appreciate any step. But the way it was done raises a question on the intention of PM Modi,” said Kejriwal.
The Aam Aadmi Party founder has been critical of Modi’s plans and policies. He had earlier released a video message, questioning the Centre after the suicide of ex-serviceman Ram Kishan Grewal earlier this month.
Kejriwal said that majority of black money is in Swiss banks. “We would have supported had they completely banned R 100 and R 500 but their intention is not clear as they have started a R 2,000 note. Why doesn’t PM act against those 648 people whose bank accounts are in Swiss banks? The government is imposing a 200% fine but what about a labourer who has collected money and has R 5 lakh cash with him,” he said.
Kejriwal said that he had spoken to many experts who were unable to explain how banning R 1,000 and replacing it with R 2,000 will end corruption.
“Those giving bribe to officers used to carry 100 pieces of R 1,000 notes now they can take R 2,000 notes and carry fewer pieces,” Kejriwal added.
Delhi BJP president Satish Upadhyay criticised Kejriwal and said his reaction is the outcome of his sheer frustration. “Instead of putting his house in order, the AAP leader is doubting the intension of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s historical move which is to curb corruption and black money. He acted in a similar manner when the issue of surgical strike and JNU came to the fore,” said the BJP leader.