New Delhi: The Congress party on Friday attacked the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over its government’s demonetization drive, calling it the biggest scam of the country since independence.

In a press conference on Friday, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala pointed out the fact that BJP national president Amit Shah is the director of one of the cooperative banks that had received large sums of deposits in form of the scrapped currency of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 days after demonetization was declared. “Within five days of demonetization, old currency worth Rs 3118 crore were deposited in 11 district corporative banks linked to leaders of the BJP,” said Surjewala.

He said that those states governed by the BJP and its allies had received the highest proportion of deposits in district corporative banks and the most noteworthy of them was Ahmedabad District Cooperative (ADC) Bank which received 745.58 crore from November 10 to November 14 and The Rajkot District Cooperative (RDC) Bank where old denominations worth Rs 693 crore were deposited. BJP president Amit Shah is a director with the bank and was previously the chairman too. The current chairman of the bank is Ajay Patel, a confidante of Amit Shah, while Jayesh Radadiya, a minister in the Vijay Rupani government is the current chairman of RDC bank.

These two banks received the highest number of scrapped currency notes amongst cooperative banks in India.

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