Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday asked Bharatiya Janata Party’s MPs and MLAs to submit details of their bank transactions between November 8 and December 31, PTI reported. The details have to be submitted to BJP President Amit Shah by January 1.
Addressing a BJP Parliamentary meeting, Modi also said the Income Tax Amendment Bill was not intended to turn black money into white, but to use the money looted from the poor for their welfare.
Elsewhere, Opposition leaders also held a meeting ahead of the Parliament session to discuss their strategy. In the meeting, the leaders decided to reiterate their demand for an apology from Modi for his remarks on demonetisation and to call for a discussion under Rule 56 in Lok Sabha, reported ANI. Application to the rule – which requires the Speaker’s consent – would mean an adjournment of all other matters to discuss a matter of urgent public importance. Modi had earlier accused the Opposition of shielding black money holders.
The Opposition has been demanding that the prime minister speak on the issue of demonetisation in both Houses. However, despite attending a Rajya Sabha session on November 24, PM Modi did not address the MPs.
The Modi government on the night of November 8 announced that Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes would no longer be legal tender. The country has been grappling with a severe cash crunch since then. The Centre has been receiving flak from the Opposition with former prime minister Manmohan Singh calling the move “a monumental management failure”.