Three-Year Anniversary of Amit Shah Calling Modi’s Rs 15 Lakh Comment a ‘Jumla’
When asked why Indians didn't get Rs 15 lakh in their accounts as promised by Modi, Shah had brushed it off saying it was a "jumla".
While campaigning for 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Narendra Modi had claimed that if the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) comes to power, his government will bring back all the black money stashed abroad and ”Every poor person in India will get Rs 15-20 lakh for free.”
Following the polls, the Modi government was attacked by the Opposition as well as common citizens for not coming through on the promise. One person had even filed an RTI application, asking when the Rs 15 lakh would be deposited in people’s accounts.
In an interview to ABP News, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah on February 5, 2015, clearly called the “Rs 15 lakh promise” a “jumla”. Replying to a question on Modi’s promise, Shah said, “See, this is a jumla. Rs 15 lakh will not be deposited in anyone’s account. Even he (Modi) knows it, you know it and the people of the country also know it.”
“The black money that will return is utilised for serving the people. Nobody is ever given any cash. Everybody knows it, this is just a manner of delivering speeches, it is a jumla,” he had added.