Congress president Rahul Gandhi took a dig at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah by congratulating him on his winning 1st prize in the conversion of old notes to new race. Gandhi’s statement comes in the backdrop of a district cooperative bank with Shah as a director netting the highest deposits among such banks of old demonetised Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 notes.
“Congratulations Amit Shah ji , Director, Ahmedabad Dist. Cooperative Bank, on your bank winning 1st prize in the conversion of old notes to new race. 750 Cr in 5 days! Millions of Indians whose lives were destroyed by Demonetisation, salute your achievement. #ShahZyadaKhaGaya,” Gandhi tweeted.
Congratulations Amit Shah ji , Director, Ahmedabad Dist. Cooperative Bank, on your bank winning 1st prize in the conversion of old notes to new race. 750 Cr in 5 days!
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) June 22, 2018
According to an RTI reply received by a Mumbai activist, The Ahmedabad District Cooperative Bank (ADCB), of which Amit Shah is the director, secured deposits of ₹745.59 crore of the demonetised notes in just five days following the announcement of demonetisation.
Fearing that black money would be laundered through this route, all the district cooperative banks were banned from accepting the demonetised notes just five days after the announcement.
However, the story was taken down by the websites of Times Now, News18.com, Firstpost and New Indian Express without giving any clarification.
The good part is that by the time the BJP could ask the media houses to pull down the story, it had already caught attention. Also, a few media houses such as The Wire and The National Herald were courageous enough to keep the story intact on their websites.
So, while the entire country was in queues trying to withdraw their own money, Shah and his other associates were busy earning more and more money.