Demonetisation ‘biggest scam in Independent India’: Congress

Bhubaneswar: Alleging that the demonetisation carried out by the Narendra Modi-led BJP government was the ‘biggest scam in Independent India’ to convert black money into white, the Congress Friday stated that the maximum deposits in cooperative banks in just five days post demonetisation were made in BJP-ruled states.

Congress further alleged that old notes worth Rs 3,118.51 crore were deposited within five days in 11 district co-operative banks in Gujarat headed by BJP leaders.

Reports claimed that the Ahmedabad District Cooperative Bank, whose directors include BJP national President Amit Shah, received the highest amount of old demonetised notes to the tune of Rs 745.58 crore in just five days.

Corroborating this, Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee President Niranjan Patnaik in a series of tweets, stated, “Now that it is clear that demonetization was nothing but a money making exercise for the BJP. Now that the real intent behind inflicting this disaster called demonetization is exposed, it’s clear that BJP knew well in advance about it. That’s why, days before demonetization they used cash to buy land across India, including 18 districts of Odisha.”

The OPCC Chief even criticised CM Naveen Patnaik for praising the ‘disastrous idea’ of demonetisation instead of speaking for common man in the State.

“In all of this, let’s not forget what CM Naveen Patnaik did. Instead of speaking for common man of Odisha, he praised this disastrous idea, which was nothing but organized loot. Like always, the match was FIXED between BJD and BJP,” tweeted Niranjan Patnaik.

Responding to the allegations of PCC president, senior BJP leader Prithviraj Harichandan stated, “Bharatiya Janata Party started buying land in several districts across Odisha way back in 2015. That had nothing to do with demonetisation as the process had started almost a year earlier. If Congress is raising such questions, it should look within the activities of the party. Congress is one party which has sown the seeds of corruption in this country.”

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