Congress alleges BJP had informed some about its note-cull decision
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Congress alleges BJP had informed some about its note-cull decision

Selective leak? Congress asks govt to disclose who bought gold in bulk between Oct 20-Nov 8

black money crackdown Updated: Nov 12, 2016 11:05 IST
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Hindustan Times
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A roadside tea shop with notice: “Don’t give 1000/500 rupee notes” as government of India disband the old 500 and 1000 rupee currency note at sector 10 in Chandigarh on Thursday.(Anil Dayal/Hindustan Times)

The Congress on Friday alleged that a few people were informed about the government’s move to demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes beforehand.

“Some people knew that this is going to happen… Some people were informed about it. The information was out in newspapers and social media from October 20 onwards that Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes will be demonetised and new Rs 2,000 notes are going to be circulated soon. How did this happen?” asked senior Congress leader Anand Sharma.

The party asked the Centre to reveal the list of people who had purchased gold, foreign currency and security bonds of Rs 5 lakh and above between October 20 and November 8.

“The government must come out with the list of those who bought in bulk gold, dollars, Euros, and invested in security bonds between October 20 and November 8. Then you will come to know who is a black money launderer and who is suffering because of this move,” he said.

The main opposition party also accused the government of creating “economic instability, financial chaos and an anarchy-like” situation in the country.

Referring to BJP chief Amit Shah’s suggestion that cheques should be used to make payments for wedding functions, Sharma said: “This is an insensitive and arrogant government which has created a myth and got carried away with its own propaganda.”

The AAP also attacked Shah, saying he was oblivious to the problems faced by the common man.Both Congress and AAP released BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi’s statement in January 2014, in which she had called the step to withdraw notes before 2005 “anti-poor”.

First Published: Nov 12, 2016 11:05 IST