Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s urge to people to become part of a “cashless society for corruption less, black money-free India” has kicked off debate within his own party on how to spend money for BJP’s functions.
Bharatiya Janata Party Indore unit has consulted chartered accountants associated with the party on how much the BJP can spend on its functions and ways by which it can go cashless while spending money.
The BJP’s concern comes in the wake of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s stress on need to move to cashless economy during his ‘Man ki Baat’ address on radio on Sunday. The party fears that it may have to face PM’s displeasure in case it doesn’t follow suit.
“We’ve consulted chartered accountants , tax and finance experts on this issue; for example how to pay for hoardings, garlands, meals, snacks in case we hold functions. It’s a very bold decision by the PM. Party wants to get into cashless mode as soon as possible,” state BJP vice-president Jitu Jirati told HT, adding that the party functions will no longer be as grand as in the recent past, but would be effective.
The BJP and its ideologue Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) will hold two major functions this month which will be under public glare for money they will spend.
State BJP will hold ‘Hitgrahi sammelan,’ a large convention of beneficiaries of different government welfare schemes in Bhopal on December 4. The RSS-affiliate Akhil Bhartiya Vivyarthi Parishad (ABVP) will hold national convention in Indore from December 22-27 in which over 5,000 students are expected to take part.
Though the two functions are aimed to prepare base to get votes in 2018 assembly elections, the party is struggling to find balance of spending cash to woo voters and yet remaining transparent, cashless in its transactions.
Party’s MPs and MLAs are equally worried on how they will show expenses in case they organise functions in their constituencies. “PM has asked MPs, MLAs to submit details of all transactions they have done through banks from November 8 to December 31. We don’t know what he will announce next,” a BJP MLA said seeking anonymity.