Opposition parties allege fraud during note ban

Opposition shows video of ‘BJP leader’ exchanging old currency past deadline

The Opposition parties led by the Congress on Tuesday alleged that some BJP leaders had perpetrated fraud and money laundering during demonetisation, and released a video where a “BJP leader” from Gujarat was purportedly shown exchanging withdrawn notes past the deadline for exchange on a commission of 40%.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley hit back saying the Congress continued to rely on “fakery”.

Congress leader Kapil Sibal, accompanied by senior party colleagues and leaders from the Rashtriya Janata Dal, Loktantrik Janata Dal, National Conference and the Telugu Desam, claimed that the video had been filmed by journalists from a news portal named Tricolour News Network (TNN) World.

The video shows a person, allegedly a BJP leader according to Mr. Sibal, exchanging money purportedly after December 31, 2016, the deadline set by the Centre to exchange old notes. The amount exchanged is ₹5 crore according to the video. Mr. Sibal said “the chowkidar [watchman] has betrayed and snatched people’s money”.

Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ahmed Patel, Mallikarjun Kharge, besides the RJD’s Manoj Jha, LJD’s Sharad Yadav were present at the press conference.

Mr. Jaitley dismissed the allegations saying “the ‘Fakery Caravan’ of the UPA continues to move.”

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