AAP National Convener & Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal demands independent probe into funding of all political parties
· AAP condemns the Modi Government's move to shield political parties from Income Tax department scrutiny post demonetisation
· Kejriwal hits out at Rahul Gandhi for failing to expose PM Modi's personal corruption, after a deal was struck between them during Friday meeting
Aam Aadmi Party National Convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal asked the Narendra Modi’s BJP central government to immediately withdraw the concession for political parties of not scrutinizing their cash deposits being made in banks post demonetization.
Kejriwal said even as ordinary, honest Indians are suffering the disastrous consequences of demonetisation, the Modi Government’s decision that the Income Tax department will not scrutinize cash deposits made by political parties, is nothing but a ploy to allow them to convert their black money into white.
“The Bhartiya Janata Party has already made arrangements for their own cash and has put the entire country through the ordeal of lining up outside banks to withdraw their own money. This announcement by the Government exempting political parties from scrutiny vindicates our stand. “Not only has the Government bungled the implementation of demonetisation, their intentions were also in favour of corruption and black money flow. Political parties like BJP and Congress have received thousands of crores of cash donations but they are exempt from scrutiny. The people of India have been betrayed by PM Modi,” Kejriwal said.
Kejriwal demanded setting up of an independent commission to probe the source of funding of all political parties over the last five years. “The only way to stop the flow of black money is to probe funding received by all parties in cash. Aam Aadmi Party is the only party to give details of every single rupee of donation received by us. We have also declared the cash donations we received post demonetisation. On the other hand the BJP and Congress are hiding behind the Rs 20000 loophole.”
The AAP convenor said the Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi has now struck a clandestine understanding with the Prime Minister. Mr Gandhi had claimed that he was in possession of incriminating evidence about Mr Modi's corruption and that he would reveal it in Parliament. "Rahul Gandhi said there would be an earthquake if he exposed the PM. What stops him from revealing details of the PM's corruption? What is the deal between the two after yesterday's meeting? I do not think Rahul Gandhi has the guts to take on the Prime Minister."
The Aam Aadmi Party had recently exposed the Prime Minister's role in a bribery case that came to light in the Sahara-Birla papers. Kejriwal stressed that if the Congress Vice President is serious he too should tell the people what information he has about the Prime Minister's corruption.