Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday took on Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his decision to demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes, terming the move as ‘anti-poor’. He also asked him to take immediate action against those having illegal money stashed in Swiss accounts.

Here are the 12 highlights of Kejriwal’s statement on Modi government.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes are being scrapped. There is a state of chaos across the country.
  • The prime minister has said that the decision has been taken to curb black money and corruption. We have been fighting against corruption, and will support any move against it.
  • Even after having discussions with experts, I cannot figure out how corruption will be eliminated by scrapping Rs 1,000 notes and bringing in Rs 2,000 notes. How do we get rid of black money?
  • Those people who hid crores of wealth in their homes, will benefit from Rs 2,000 currency notes. There are rumours everywhere. People are saying that the people close to PM Modi were informed about the decision a week ago.
  • These people have made all the arrangements to safeguard their black money. As the Bharatiya Janata Party is contesting elections in UP and other states, everything has been arranged.
  • There are long queues outside banks across the country. Did you see any prominent industrialist standing there? Those queuing up are common people. So, do farmers, autorickshaw drivers, labourers store black money in their homes?
  • Corrupt practices have already begun in markets. While Rs 1,000 currency notes are being sold at Rs 800, the price of Rs 500 currency notes has been fixed at Rs 400.
  • The PM had embarked on  a mission to eradicate black money, but it is flowing without any check. He is not stopping black money through scrapping Rs 1,000 notes and bringing in Rs 2,000 notes.
  • The Prime Minister has evil designs. Had he only scrapped Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes, we would have wholeheartedly supported the move.  But why did he introduce Rs 2,000 notes? The common man is facing a lot of hardships due to this move.
  • On December 23, 2013, the prime minister had tweeted saying that even children know the illegal money is stashed in Swiss Bank accounts. What happened to that wealth?
  • The government in 2011 received a list of 648 people who have accounts in Swiss banks. The Congress was hand-in-gloves and did not take any action against those people. Even PM Modi did not take action against the people.
  • I had personally disclosed the account details of those people through a press conference. Why no action has been taken against them?