New Delhi: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Tuesday alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government at the centre could not stand the good work of a “Dalit daughter" and was misusing official machinery to target her before the 2017 Uttar Pradesh assembly polls.
Mayawati’s charge followed the Enforcement Directorate finding cash deposits over Rs104 crore in an account belonging to the BSP and Rs1.43 crore in an account belonging to Mayawati’s brother, Anand Kumar. Every rupee in the party’s account was accounted for and deposited following due procedure, she claimed.
She said the money was collected through membership fees all over the country before the note ban was implemented on 8 November.
“The issue has been blown out of proportion. The money had been brought for deposits by converting it into big denomination notes as it is easy to carry and was to be used for the upcoming UP elections. We deposited this accumulated wealth in the bank under a routine procedure. The money came from workers’ donations and memberships and is accounted for; should we throw away the money now?" she asked at a press meet.
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“BJP is misusing official machinery at the centre against me. Many other parties and the BJP itself have also deposited their money post-demonetization, but no one talks about them. This reflects the centre’s anti-Dalit mentality. BJP can’t tolerate the good work done by a Dalit daughter and this is nothing but political malice," she said.
Mayawati said she was targeted after her statement on Monday that the BJP was behind a likely alliance of Samajwadi Party and Congress in UP. She also demanded that BJP release details of all bank transactions for 10 months prior to 8 November, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the partial demonetization move, and the days immediately afterwards.
Taking a jibe at the centre’s decision to ban high-value notes, Mayawati said this will only help her party come back to power with a majority, like it did in 2007. “If Modi and the centre take a few more decisions like the note ban, it will make our return to power in UP easier and I will not have to toil much. I want to thank them for it," she said.
Hitting back, Union minister for law and justice and information technology Ravi Shankar Prasad said Mayawati did not deny the deposit, and there will be a probe into the matter. “She (Mayawati) has not denied the deposit. This gives rise to the question whether it is a normal donation money or money conversion. Mayawati cannot hide corruption in the garb of Dalit cause," he said.