Gujarat Congress attacks BJP on its pre-poll promise

The Gujarat Congress on Sunday alleged that the Centre introduced its demonetisation policy as a “face saving exercise” after failing to fulfil its pre–poll promise of recovering black money stashed in foreign banks.

A senior Congress leader and Leader of Opposition in the Gujarat Assembly, Shankersinh Vaghela, alleged the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)–led Central government’s move to discontinue the old Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 currency notes as legal tender is a “conspiracy” to help its associates convert black money into white at the cost common man’s hardships, faced in exchanging the old notes.

“In their campaign for 2014 Lok Sabha polls, BJP had promised to bring back black money parked in Swiss banks. Now, as the government failed to fulfil their promise, they came up with this idea, which is nothing but a face saving exercise by the BJP,” Mr. Vaghela said.

He also accused the BJP of targeting political parties that are raising questions on the move, and claimed that former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had also proposed the idea of demonetisation during his term, but it was opposed by the BJP leaders.

On the same day, the Gujarat Congress unit president, Bharatsinh Solanki, said the party is not against the scheme, but is opposing the way it is being implemented.

“We only wish that everyone gets Rs 15 lakh as promised by the BJP ahead of polls in 2014. We are not against the scheme. We are just opposing the way in which it is being implemented, as common people are suffering due to this unthoughtful decision,” Mr. Solanki said. — PTI

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