Amid escalating political tension over the demonetisation policy implemented by the Narendra Modi government, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, on Wednesday, slammed the Prime Minister and the BJP government for the continuing public distress following the ban on currency notes. Addressing the crowd at Varanasi, the Delhi CM claimed that his visit to the city in Uttar Pradesh was not for the claim for vote or for any political agenda but for the urge to save the nation from the demonetisation policy by the Modi government.
Citing the example of an villager in Punjab, who committed suicide, because he couldn’t withdraw enough money from the bank for his daughter’s marriage, Kejriwal claimed that the policy initiated by the central government had lead to a chaotic situation among the common people of the country. Keriwal also claimed that the loss of lives of more than 84 people who had died following the ban on notes were not normal deaths but murders.
The Aam Admi Party supremo also criticized media reports suggesting that the policy is for the good of the nation but wasn’t implemented rightly. He claimed that the initiation of the policy was a wrong decision, even the intention behind its implementation was wrong and the implementation was also done in a confused and wrong way.
Kejriwal stated that the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party leaders had already converted their black money in real estates and also claimed that other rich friends of the Prime Minister had also laundered their money by other means. The Delhi Chief Minister also alleged PM Modi for forgiving a loan of amount Rs 12,000 crore of the liquor baron Vijay Mallya, who is accused in several cases of money laundering.
Citing the increase in the flow of black money in the country, Prime Minister Narendra, on November 8, had initiated the demonetisation policy, following which there had been a ban on old currency notes of the denomination RS 500 and Rs 1,000. And even weeks after the implementation of the anti-graft policy, several cash-starved people had been seen standing on ‘never-ending’ queues outside banks and ATMs, waiting for hours to get a grab at the usable cash, needed for their daily use, even as the money-machines run out of cash.