Ahmedabad: Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) convenor Hardik Patel in a tweet on Wednesday referenced Prime Minister Narendra Modi's promise during the 2014 Lok Sabha election campaign that Rs15 lakh would be deposited into every citizen’s account from the money illegally invested in tax havens abroad.

In a post on Twitter, Patel said, “The year has changed, not the question. When will 15 lakh come?”

During campaigning for the 2014 general elections, Modi said the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would ensure that black money invested abroad would be brought back to the country and distributed to the poor. BJP national president Amit Shah later clarified the statement, saying the “promise” was not to be taken literally and that it was rather an “idiom.”

The repatriation of black money was one of the key election promises of the BJP before the 2014 national polls. Union home minister Rajnath Singh, who was then the party’s national president, had even said the BJP would get back the money within 100 days of returning to power at the Centre.

Patel, whose organization supported the opposition Congress party in the recent Gujarat assembly elections, has said he will continue his movement against the BJP government in the new year. The PAAS has been at the forefront of the Patidar movement demanding reservation in government jobs and educational institutions for the community’s youth.

On Wednesday, the PAAS convenor also attacked the BJP in connection with the caste-related violence in Maharashtra that began a day before, writing on Twitter that the “divide and rule” policy is again being implemented in the country.