New Delhi: Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, who has been opposing the PM Modi’s currency move, lashed out at a BBC Hindi’s reporter for questioning him over demonetisation.
The reporter had asked Kejriwal whether the reported 55 deaths were directly linked to demonetisation or not.
This made the Delhi CM furious and he said in a raised voice, “Few of your colleagues in media, who still have the courage and integrity to ask people in the queues about the issues they are facing due to this move.”
The BBC reporter continuously interrupted Kejriwal for his death remark and said, “But it is also our responsibility to distinguish the right from the wrong. We cannot directly link the deaths of these people solely to demonetisation.”
Kejwiwal could not keep his calm and while looking directly into the camera, he said, “Yeh janta dekh rahi hai ke BBC waale kitne imaandaar hain (The public can now see how honest BBC is).”
The AAP leader said that 55 people have died due to after Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes were banned and BBC is saying this can’t be linked to demonetisation.
“55 people have died in the country since the Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 notes have been banned. And the BBC is saying we can’t link this to demonetisation. This is their honest journalism,” he said.
The reporter further informed Kejriwal that an AAP legislator had visited the BBC office and when he was asked if he stood in the queue to withdraw money, he said his driver did it on his behalf.
“Haan toh?” responded Kejriwal. “What are you trying to prove? That 55 people haven’t died?”
The Delhi CM said it is a shame that people are questioning the deaths. He also said that people are being fooled in the name of nationalism.
Targetting Janardhana Reddy for having a lavish wedding of Rs 500 crore on his daughter’s marriage, Kejriwal said, “Money is being transferred to the rich and there are no queues for them.”
“Janardhana Reddy, the one who was involved in a mining scam, had a wedding in his family. Reporters said the wedding expenses cost Rs. 500 crores. How did the money reach him? That means there is home delivery of cash at the houses of the rich. There are no queues for them. It doesn’t matter what currency notes you bring in,” he said.