Reacting to HuffPost India’s exclusive report on electoral bonds, opposition leaders and politicians on Monday criticised the Modi government and called on it to respond.
The report, published on Monday morning, is part of #PaisaPolitics, a HuffPost India investigative series by journalist Nitin Sethi that looks into how the Modi government brought untraceable funds into Indian politics.
The report found that former finance minister Arun Jaitley took just hours to dismiss the RBI’s warning that electoral bonds could funnel black money into politics and destabilise the Indian currency.
Here’s what various politicians have said so far:
In “New” India, bribes & illegal commissions are called Electoral Bonds. https://t.co/mYl5OxcVLU— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) November 18, 2019
.@HuffPostIndia unravels officially sponsored money laundering operation in the guise of electoral bonds, just months after notebandi.— Jairam Ramesh (@Jairam_Ramesh) November 18, 2019
RBI was opposed but Modi Sarkar went ahead. It is all here in black and white.
RTI reveals how ‘electoral bonds’ became instruments of anonymous donations bordering on opaque ‘money laundering’.— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) November 18, 2019
Will the Modi Govt answer-
1. How many thousand crores of bonds issued?
2. How many thousand Cr’s received by BJP?
3. The ‘Quid Pro Quo’?https://t.co/O7Pk8rg1bi
Electoral bonds were cleared by by-passing RBI and dismissing National security concerns in order to enable black money to enter the BJP coffers. It appears that while the BJP was elected on the promise of eradicating black money it was busy lining..— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) November 18, 2019
..its own pockets with exactly that! What a shameful betrayal of the Indian people.— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) November 18, 2019
BJP govt defied RBI's warnings, as it charted a course to favour anonymous & unaccounted money. Electoral Bonds have ensured that BJP's coffers swell, legalising political corruption.This opaque instrument is ruining our economy & poisoning our democracy.https://t.co/RIlFtLgD9t— Sitaram Yechury (@SitaramYechury) November 18, 2019
How electoral bonds, the great leap backwards in political funding reforms, was achieved in the teeth of opposition not just from Election Commission, but also from RBI.— Yogendra Yadav (@_YogendraYadav) November 18, 2019
Thanks @nit_set for telling what the nation really wants to know! https://t.co/h4FMTBXpLK
This article originally appeared on HuffPost.