Even as Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is backing Prime Minister Narendra Modi's demonetisation drive, his party the Janata Dal (United) on Saturday accused Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah of investing party's huge black money by purchasing land in several districts of Bihar just before the demonetisation announcement made by the Centre on November 8.
The JD(U) further alleged that buying land using black money in the name of BJP below government rate to evade tax is a clear case of corruption by topmost leaders of the saffron party.
Holding a joint press conference here, JD (U) spokespersons Sanjay Singh, Neeraj Kumar and Rajiv Ranjan produced documents relating to some of the land purchases to buttress their allegations and to "expose" the BJP's, especially its leader and former Bihar deputy chief minister Sushil Modi's claim that the payments were made through Real-Time Gross Settlement systems (RTGS).
Firing fresh salvos at the BJP, Ranjan questioned as to what prompted the saffron party to purchase land in the last two months before the announcement of demonetisation policy?
He alleged that by doing so, the central government has breached the secrecy of its demonetisation policy.
However, accusing the BJP of "financial fraud", Neeraj Kumar said Prime Minister Modi, on one hand, is talking about cashless economy, while on the other hand his party is investing black money in land purchase.
The JD (U) also made public documents purportedly pertaining to cash payments made by the BJP for land purchase.
Meanwhile, the party in a series of tweets further alleged that the documents received by it clearly show that the BJP purchased land in cash and that too below the government rate.
"Documents received by @JanatadalU clearly show that @BJP4India purchased land in cash and that too below the govt. rate (sic)," posted JD (U).
"1 piece of land purchased in Kishanganj was purchased in cash for Rs 15 lacs whereas the govt. rate of the land was Rs 39,30,000 (39.3 lacs). Claims of #BJP that land was purchased via electronic payment/cheque stand completely exposed. Payment done in cash before #DeMonetisation. Another land in Kishanganj was purchased for Rs 20 lacs much below the govt rate of Rs 31 lacs 41 thousand. Mentions cheque w/o cheque numbr (sic)," the JD (U) claimed.
The ruling party questioned as to how do the BJP get land below government rate, forget the market rate?
"Ques: How did #BJP get land below govt rate forget market rate? And even for that paid in cash while preaching world on electronic payment," posted the JD(U).
The JD (U) claimed in tweets, "Registerd sale deed in Kishanganj shows BJP made pmnts of Rs 15 lacs & Rs 20 lacs whereas the same seller says on video he received 70 lacs! #BJP said yesterday money was paid to seller directly via electronic pmt, today seller says he received 70 lacs via a mediator. What a sham! (sic)."
It claimed, "Certified copy of the sale deed of land in Kishanganj purchased for President of @BJP4India with #BJP's Pan Card Number AAABB0157F. All documents showing the purchase of property worth crores by @BJP4India just before the #DeMonetisation. See yourself proof of #Notescam."
The JD (U) alleged that buying land using blackmoney in the name of BJP below government rate to evade tax is clear case of corruption by topmost leaders of the saffron party. "Buying land using #blackmoney in the name of @BJP4India below govt rate to evade tax is clear case of corruption by topmost leaders of #BJP (sic)."
Now even the common man has started doubting that from where did the BJP get money to purchase land in every district of Bihar, they added.
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