Modi just did never promise to bring back the corrupt Indian money stashed abroad in Swiss Banks and other institutions of the kind.
There is the public perception that Prime Minister Modi has not kept his election campaign promise that he would get rid of corrupt money abroad and deposit Rs15 lakhs in each Indian’s Bank account. That just hasn’t happened. And strangely as well as sadly, the BJP has evaded that question although Rahul Gandhi and others from different political parties have often asked that question on public platforms. The worst bit on this issue is that Amit Shah, the BJP chief, dismissed this query as a jhumla at the time he addressed a big rally during the Bengal state assembly elections a little over a year ago. Now, jhumla is a Hindi word of which no proper English word has been found. The best one can say is that it’s just an election jumla — meaning it was an idiomatic expression, not meant to be taken literally. In short, it was a frivolity.
“This does not say he has promised this much amount to every citizen” – a viewer posted on social media.
Even if it were a frivolous “promise” made in political rhetoric, it carries weight and gravitas when uttered by a political leader who was projected as the Prime Minister of the country. It had some meaning and rationale behind it. And the political leader who indulged in that gravitas had to fulfill that promise or give an explanation for not doing so by telling the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. And publicly apologize if he had failed to keep his promise. The BJP has so far done nothing of that kind.
The blunt truth of that so-called “promise” of Rs.15 lakhs is that it was never made!!
Yes, Narendra Modi never made that promise!! He just did never promise to bring back the corrupt Indian money stashed abroad in Swiss Banks and other institutions of the kind and use it to deposit Rs. 15 lakhs in each poor resident Indian’s account.
The truth of what Narendra Modi said in that election speech of his can be seen on a brief YouTube video.
One viewer, Swati Goila Jain, who saw the above video posted on social media as follows on December 4, 2014:
“As per the video posted by another member, what he, Modi, is saying – ‘If all the black money being deposited by people all these years is brought back it would be so much that every person could get 15-20 lakhs each’. I could not hear any mention of 100 days in Modi’s speech. That was probably somewhere in some other speech. This does not say he has promised this much amount to every citizen.”
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