As the BJP announced that it will celebrate November 8 as "anti-black money day", the Congress Wednesday said it is time for PM Narendra Modi to introspect and demit office instead of celebrating the "demon of demonetisation".
Lashing out at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government for celebrating November 8 as "Anti-Black Money Day", Congress leader Shashi Tharoor said that the day should be mourned rather than celebrated.
Jaitley alleged that the Congress had never attempted to fight the menace of black money, and was lashing out at the saffron party due to their "inadequate understanding" of the situation.
Jaitley also underlined that the objective behind the demonetization move was "not to confiscate money" from people, but to increase tax base and squeeze illegal transactions, counterfeit money, terror funding, cash transactions, and to increase digital transactions.
"Given this blatant protection of those facing allegations of corruption, it is not surprising that the BJP government has not taken any step to constitute the Lokpal as per the law, even three-and-a-half-years after it came to power", the editorial said. I can't recollect a single significant step they ever took against black money.
"The Congress party had reconciled to India living with a shadow economy".
"It is understandable that it would never be on the political agenda of their leadership". I can understand their discomfort.
Talking to ANI, Tharoor said, "It is absolutely shocking to see that the BJP has a goal to celebrate anti-black money day on November 8". Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi also took a swipe at Finance Minister Arun Jaitley over a PIB tweet in which the government claimed that the "real GDP growth average is 7.5 per cent in last 3 years".
"Cash is bearer money in the system and its ownership is not known. Finance minister and Modi should tell the nation what amount of black money they could get after demonetisation", he added.
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Earlier, Jaitley said, "From today to November 8, the BJP will develop public opinion in support of the government's anti-black money steps".
"All BJP ministers, leaders and workers will participate in the celebration".
Leader of Communist Party of India, D. Raja on Thursday asked the Government about the record of black money recovered after demonetisation.
He said Congress never understood the reasons for demonetisation as "those who never fought black money in their lives were happy with laundering of money".
The move came as a counter to Congress led 18 party opposition parties move to observe Nov.8 as Black Day with protests and rallies in different states to highlight the cash crunch and economic slowdown that followed demonetization.