In a bid to woo his voters in the upcoming Punjab elections, Anil Joshi from the Bharatiya Janata Party recently shrugged off responsibility from his government’s decision to demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes. Trying to keep himself safe, Anil Joshi said that he had no role to play in demonetisation and urged the voters to not punish him for it.
According to an Indian Express report, Joshi said that even though some people might be upset over the centre’s decision to scrap higher denomination currency notes, he was not responsible for it. While addressing a gathering in Amritsar, the Punjab Minister affirmed that what’s done was done and nothing could be done at the moment.
“Go out and urge people to vote for me. Some people may tell you they are upset because of note ban. But, nothing can be done now about this now. I had no role to play in it. I have kept fighting for your rights. Just, remember that it is not easy to make bureaucracy work,” the daily quoted Joshi as saying.
He added that he keeps bringing it up so that he could clear the doubts that might be present in people’s minds. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also took to Twitter to slam the Minister adding that he was ashamed of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Anil Joshi, BJP candidate from Amritsar, ashamed of Modi. Says “note ban was Modi’s idea, I had no role in it, don’t punish me for that” pic.twitter.com/yUgAxbWMWP
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) January 22, 2017
Anil Joshi is a BJP Minister from Punjab and is serving as Minister for Local Bodies, Medical Education & Research in Parkash Singh Badal’s government.
Meanwhile, the opposition parties continue to slam the demonetisation drive. Some have even claimed that the Reserve Bank Of India did not even make it clear as to who’s decision was it. The Congress went out to hit out at the RBI saying that it had lost its autonomy.