Jalandhar: In the wake of demonetisation, BJP National Spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain on Tuesday said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would bring about a consensus with other national leaders for ‘cashless funding’ of political parties.
Hussain said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken the initiative of electoral reforms and BJP would take the lead in bringing a consensus between other national parties for ‘cashless funding’. “BJP would take the lead for cashless funding. We (BJP) are in the government and we would take the initiative in this direction,” he said.
The BJP National spokesperson was responding to queries that why BJP don’t take a lead in ‘cashless funding’ and motivate other parties to follow suit. He was here to attend a rally of BJP’s minority cell at Mukerian town of Hoshiarpur.
Addressing a press conference in Jalandhar, Shahnawaz Hussain said that as far as funding in political parties was concerned, record of every single donation should be kept. “Modi has expressed concernes over election expenditure, misuse of money and conducting elections together to save money. The PM has already taken a step in this direction,” he said.
Hussain also said that the entire country should become ‘cashless’ and BJP was focusing more on promoting a cashless economy, though cash usage was equally important. “Desh jis disha mai sochega, hamari sarkar usi disha mai aage badegi (Our government would work in the same direction, as that of the country’s mood).”
Further, taking a dig at BSP Supremo Mayawati on Enforcement Directorate (ED) raid at the recovery of Rs 104 crore from her party’s account and Rs 1.43 crore from her brother’s account, Shahnawaz Hussain said, “Mayawati owes an explanation to the nation that whether her concern of demonetisation in the Parliament was confined to the pain of the common man or her own unaccounted money. BSP has no right to give ‘Parvachan’ (lecture) on black money now.” He also said that the cries of TMC national president Mamata Banerjee over demonetisation would also be exposed soon.
The national leader said that five parties namely Congress, Trinamool Congress, BSP, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) were feeling the heat of demonetisation in the country. “These parties had been claiming themselves to be the symbol of honesty. Especially, Congress should be feeling the heat, as scam worth Rs 12 lakh crore took place during the UPA government,” he mentioned.
When asked that whether after BSP, other national parties should also gear up for such ED raids, Shahnawaz said, “There was no such target to conduct raids on other parties but neither parties nor its leaders would be spared. Wherever black money would be found, ED would conduct raids and that also means action against BJP leaders, if they came under scanner.”
On AAP claims in Punjab, Shahnawaz Hussain said, “Even during the 2007 and 2012 assembly elections, opinion polls suggested a tough competition but SAD-BJP alliance won with a thumping majority.”
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