Chief minister Raghubar Das has asked all BJP ministers, legislators and parliamentarians in Jharkhand to declare details of their bank transactions since demonetisation of high-value currency.
Party officials said, Das, in a closed-door meeting at his residence in Ranchi on Friday, also asked the lawmakers to furnish details of the scrapped Rs 500/1,000 notes in their possession on the day Prime Minister Narendra Modi made the announcement.
The leaders will have to declare the source of the cash they had in hand and why they kept it with themselves, the officials said.
“The initiative has been taken at the party level to maintain transparency and nullify any possible chance of unaccounted money with our leaders. We believe in leading by examples,” state BJP spokesperson Pratul Shahdeo said.
Experts however say that the move is a face-saving one as many BJP leaders have been caught with cash.
“This looks like a face-saving move since many BJP leaders have been caught with unaccounted new currency notes. It cannot be denied that maintaining transparency at the party level is one of the major reasons,” said political expert VP Sharan, former HoD, political science, Ranchi University.
Since the announcement of demonetisation, several BJP leaders across India have been caught with huge amounts of cash. A BJP youth wing leader was arrested in Tamil Nadu with Rs 20 lakh cash in new notes. On November 9, Rs 3 crore was recovered from the car of a BJP leader in Ghaziabad. Manish Sharma, a BJP leader in West Bengal, was arrested by police carrying currency worth Rs 33 lakh in new Rs 2,000 notes.
Das’s decision is aimed at putting a check on similar cases of unaccounted money with party leaders and was conveyed to the leaders at the legislators’ committee meet.
In the declaration, the leaders will have to provide personal details including their name, father’s/husband’s name, address, bank account number and branch, transaction details since November 9, details about exchange of old currency notes, and also the address and other details of post office if they deposited money there, party sources said.
Labour minister Raj Paliwar said the declaration won’t take much time as most of the legislators are willing to provide the details at the earliest.
Food and civil supplies minister Saryu Rai said the initiative is in compliance with the party’s national committee, which had decided to seek such details from party leaders soon after demonetisation.
On December 2, Das had launched “Cashless Jharkhand” campaign wherein the state is promoting cashless transactions and will also award blocks that carry out cashless transactions by December 28.
The CM has also asked the bureaucracy here to adopt cashless mode of transactions in a bid to combat corruption and black money.