A day after it was found that Rs 104.36 crore were placed in BSP’s account in Union Bank at New Delhi’s Karol Bagh branch, party supremo Mayawati on Tuesday asserted that the money detected by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in her party’s account was entirely accounted for and was deposited following all due procedures.
Addressing a press conference in Lucknow, the former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister said, “The money belongs to the party, which has been deposited following due procedures. The entire money is accounted for.”
She went on to accuse the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of using the state machinery for maligning the BSP ahead of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections.
Targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Mayawati demanded that he should make public the deposits made by the BJP during the 10 months prior to the November 8 decision of demonetising Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 currency notes.
"The BJP and other parties also deposited their money in the bank. Nobody is talking about that," the BSP supremo said.
Mayawati further alleged that the channels and newspapers managed by BJP were exaggerating the figures of the money deposited in BSP’s accounts.
Accusing the BJP of anti-Dalit mentality, she also said that “casteist forces don’t want a Dalit woman to come up”.
Backing her brother Anand Kumar, in whose bank account Rs 1.43 crore were found by the ED yesterday, Mayawati asserted that he owns his own small business and deposited the money in the bank according to I-T rules.