Lucknow: Within 10 days of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to demonetise old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes, news agency UNI reported that the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) would “hold smaller meetings” “in view of the constraints of funds and even attracting (a) huge crowd.”
A source said to सिर्फ़ News that several aspirants for BSP nominations for the Uttar Pradesh elections had accumulated huge stashes of cash to influence the leaderships of their respective parties before 8 November 2016, which was either wasted or utilised in dubious manners.
Some BSP members had tried to use the Jan Dhan account route to park money that was to be later used in election campaigns. But the banks and tax authorities have detected most of such Jan Dhan accounts.
“The BSP has always believed in ‘providing funds’ on the ground level to the cadre and public, however, this time emphasis will be on social media for creating an impact,” said a BSP functionary to inUth.
Now BSP head Mayawati is in a sticky situation as the Income Tax department has hastened the inquiry against her brother, Anand Kumar. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has found huge sums of money deposited into the accounts of Anand Kumar and the BSP.
The ED has discovered that the account in the name of her brother Anand Kumar has a balance of Rs 1.43 crore and the other, which is in the name of the BSP, has 104 crores.
The accounts, the ED has discovered, received deposits of different sums after 8 November 2016. Now the agency will find out whether this amount is “white money” as Mayawati is claiming. The information has been passed on to the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), which will carry out the further investigations into the matter.
The CBDT was on constant alert after it came to light that Anand Kumar was the owner of several anonymous properties. The department has issued many notices to different builders of Noida to investigate several unsolicited claims that he has a strong nexus with them.
In a separate incident, Aligarh police recovered 2 semi-automatic rifles and Rs 6 lakh of cash from Bahujan Samaj Party’s Charra (Aligarh) candidate Mohd Sageer.
The police were carrying out a routine check for violation of model code of conduct when they discovered weapons and cash from the vehicle.
Police also removed 40 hooters and flags from vehicles of different political parties as a part of checking for violation of poll code.
The BSP has been blaming the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for an ‘ill-thought’ demonetisation. Mayawati wants a repealing of the decision. Referring to PM’s post-demonetisation speeches in Ghazipur and Agra, Mayawati had said in the first week of last month, “After PM decided to go ahead with demonetisation, he ridiculed his opponents over how they would hold public rallies and fight elections. I want to tell the PM that there would be no adverse impact of demonetisation on BSP as we consider ourselves a movement first and political party later.”
However, “Three days after the announcement of demonetisation, both SP and BSP informed that they would put on hold negotiations to hire single-engine helicopters,” a source of The Times of India said to the newspaper. A single-engine helicopter on hire costs Rs 1.25 lakh – Rs 1.75 lakh per hour of flying; the rental for a twin-engine helicopter is up to Rs 2.5 lakh per hour.