Lucknow: After reports that the Enforcement Directorate (ED) had found as much as 104 crore in one of the BSP accounts, the party chief Mayawati lashed out at the central government for which-hunting. She said that every penny was well-accounted for and that there were no discrepancies in the bank account.
She also said that the Union government was trying to scare the BSP that is expected to do very well in the forthcoming assembly elections slated to be held early next year.
The BSP chief went on to add that a “Dalit’s daughter” was being barred from political power in Uttar Pradesh through the “misuse” of official machinery.
While talking at an unscheduled press conference, Mayawati said, “The anti-Dalit BJP and all those having a casteist mentality do not want that a ‘Dalit ki beti’ (Dalit’s daughter) should get the master key of power in Uttar Pradesh.” The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo accused the Bharatiya Janata Party of using the official machinery to malign the BSP ahead of the 2017 Uttar Pradesh assembly elections.
The BSP chief said the money deposited in her party’s account was not black money and was collected by her party workers over the last few months. She said the said money was collected by party workers as donations and then converted into big denomination notes as it is “convenient” to carry such currency.
She further said, “The money belongs to the party, which has been deposited following due procedures. Every penny of this money is accounted for…The party workers collected the money through membership drive across the country and deposited the same in the party office. Should we have thrown this money after demonetisation? We deposited it in the bank account with full transparency”. Alleging that “facts are being distorted” to malign her party’s image, Mayawati challenged the BJP to make public the details of its accounts 10 months before demonetisation till date.
Mayawati dared the BJP to make its account details public saying “If they (BJP) have an iota of integrity or honesty, they should make public the details of their accounts”. Taking strong exception to Mayawati’s remarks, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said he could not understand Mayawati’s agitation at a legal process.
The Union minister went on to add “The ED has detected the money and asked for explanation as to where did this money come from. She owes an explanation within the legal framework. Why is she so agitated…Now, it is becoming clear why Mayawati has been opposing the demonetisation move tooth and nail,” he added. Hitting back at Mayawati’s “Dalit ki beti” remark, Prasad said being a champion of the Dalit cause does not allow one to indulge in corruption. “We are all for Dalits’ empowerment and development. But the issue of Dalit development should not become a symbol of corruption or hijacked by anyone,” Prasad said.