[BJP President Amit Shah with Prime Minister Modi in a file photo]
Mumbai: The Bhartiaya Janata Party (BJP) leaders were buying properties and investing in real estate with some deals done in the name of BJP President Amit Shah and some even in the name of the party itself before Prime Minister Modi announced demonetisation if Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes, a media report claimed Friday.
The report, published by CatchNews, further claimed that land and properties worth crores of rupees were purchased in a phased and planned manner and payment for construction were also made in advance.
"The party, in power at the Centre, bought several land parcels in Bihar up to the first week of November. And on 8 November Modi announced the ban on Rs 500 and Rs 1000", Catch News claimed in its report published today morning.
The portal also claimed accessing deeds of at least 10 such property transactions done by BJP functionaries in Bihar for the party. Some of them were even bought on behalf of BJP President Amit Shah.
Sanjeev Chaurasia, member of the Bihar Legislative Assembly from Digha, was among the senior party functionaries who bought the land parcels. According to him, such purchases were not limited to Bihar, but in other states as well, according to the report.
"Sab jagah khareeda jaa raha tha... Bihar ke saath aur jagah bhi khareeda jaa raha hai... Hum log to sirf signatory authority hi hain paisa to party ki taraf se aaya tha... saari zameein khareedi hain... party karyalay ke liye aur anya kaamo ke liye... November 1st week tak zameein khareedi hain."
("Land was being bought everywhere... In other places too, along with Bihar... We are merely the signatory authority; the money came from the party... the plots were bought for building party offices and other purposes. They were bought up to the first week of November.")
Allegations that BJP had informed its leaders in advance before announcement of demonetization on November 08 are raised by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Bannerji.
It was also alleged that cash worth crores of rupees were deposited in accounts purportedly belonging to the West Bengal unit of the party only hours before Prime Minister Modi announced in a televisied address to the nation discontinuation of old Rs 500 and 1000 notes.