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Lok Sabha elections 2019| Will probe demonetisation when we win: P Chidambaram

The former union minister was in Mumbai a day after PM Modi in an election rally in the city said he will put corrupt leaders in jail after getting re-elected in the general elections.

lok sabha elections Updated: Apr 28, 2019 01:43 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Mumbai
Chidambaram,demonetisation,probe demonetisation
P Chidambaram said that after the conclusion of three phases of elections, which has covered 303 Lok Sabha seats, the Congress and its allies have a significant lead over the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA). (HT)

Calling demonetisation a “scandal”, senior Congress leader and former finance minister P Chidambaram on Saturday declared they will investigate the Central government’s November 8, 2016, move after wresting power from the Bharatiya Janata Party-led alliance in the Lok Sabha election.

“Demonetisation was an ingenious device used by the BJP to help its friends to convert black money to white money. Unaccounted money has become accounted. Post demonetisation, all the money has come back to banks. It is a scam which will be investigated when there is a change in government,” Chidambaram said.

The former union minister was in Mumbai a day after PM Modi in an election rally in the city said he will put corrupt leaders in jail after getting re-elected in the general elections.

Replying to comments made by the PM on Friday wondering whether the Congress would get even 50 seats in the Lok Sabha election, Chidambaram said, “One cannot stop anybody from dreaming. Modi dreams not only when he is sleeping but also when he is awake.”

Chidambaram also said that after the conclusion of three phases of elections, which has covered 303 Lok Sabha seats, the Congress and its allies have a significant lead over the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA).

“I am prepared to stick my neck out and make a prediction on the results of the first three phases. As a single party, Congress is level with BJP. That means the Congress has gained significantly and consequently, the BJP has suffered losses. As an alliance, the Congress and its allies have a significant lead over the BJP and its allies. Mark the word “significant”. The unfinished task is to retain the initiative, press forward and ensure the lead over BJP is extended,” Chidambaram said.

Chidambaram also clarified that there were no plans to field party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi from Varanasi against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He said it had been spread by the BJP in the media that the Congress would field her and had later decided to withdraw her candidature.

First Published: Apr 28, 2019 01:43 IST