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Featured Image: The bank transaction page that CPM’s Sujan Chakraborty handed over to reporters and tweeted as well. 

By A Newsman

Kolkata, 11 November: DID BJP leaders in Bengal and elsewhere in the country knew in advance about the demonetisation or ban of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes by the Centre?

At least this is what CPI-M MLA and the leader of Left legislative party in West Bengal Assembly, Sujan Chakraborty has alleged.

Addressing newspersons in the Assembly today, Chakraborty said that a few hours before Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the currency notes ban on 08 November, Rs 1 crore was deposited in a bank account owned by the West Bengal BJP.

“Rs 1 crore was deposited in two installments on the same day in the denomination of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes at the Indian Bank branch located at Central Avenue in the city,” he said.

Sujan Chakraborty in file photo.
Sujan Chakraborty in file photo.

“We all along had suspected if the heist and secrecy with which the Prime Minister had announced the demonetisation bypassing the finance minister and the RBI governor, was it really that secret?” Chakraborty told the news conference.

“It now turns out that in some places across India, in some specific bank accounts, huge amount of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes were deposited on 08 November. Could this be a mere coincidence?” he asked.

In support of his allegation, the CPI-M leader handed over the reporters a photocopy of the bank statement of an account which bears the name of ‘Bharatiya Janata Party (WB)’ as the owner of the account no 554510034. He later tweeted the same in the evening.

The transaction details show that one OP Jha had deposited Rs 60-lakh and Rs 40-lakh to the account in cash twice on 08 November. This shot up the balance in the account to Rs 1.08 crore from what is previously Rs 08.53-lakh.