Poor think rich evade taxes, so supported note ban: Jaitley

FM says India's public opinion will oppose state funding of elections

Archis Mohan New Delhi

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley addresses during a Conversation on "Towards a New Polity: Campaign Finance Reform in India" in New Delhi (Photo: PTI)

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday said the poor supported the note ban because of a widespread perception that the rich evaded taxes and this was an effort to redistribute wealth. 
Addressing a discussion on election campaign financing on Wednesday, organised by the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, the FM also disagreed that the PM’s “garib kalyan” programme was similar to Indira Gandhi’s “garibi hatao”. He said the 1971 programme did not envisage increasing productivity and was not in the national interest. 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had, on November 8, announced the demonetisation of the old ~1,000 and ~500 notes. If the Bharatiya Janata Party were to win the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, the final phase of voting for which was on Wednesday, the Modi government at the Centre might call it a referendum in favour of demonetisation, said sources. 

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First Published: Mar 09 2017 | 1:56 AM IST

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