New Delhi: Union Law Minister DV Sadananda Gowda on Saturday said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had never promised to deposit money in bank accounts of citizens after bringing black money from abroad.
The reference was to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 2014 campaign speech -- which was subsequently raised by political rivals like Rahul Gandhi -- in which he said each Indian will get at least Rs 15 lakh in their bank account once all the black money stashed abroad is brought back.
Gowda said what the party meant was if all the black money was brought back each Indian stood to benefit by Rs 15,000, and not that the money will be transferred to people's accounts.
"We never said that...what we said if all the black money is brought back to India then certainly each individual will get benefit to the extent of fifteen thousand rupees or something like that,"Gowda said during a press conference in Bhopal.
In March 2015, BJP president Amit Shah too had said that Modi's Rs 15 lakh speech was an election "jumla" -- meaning it was an idiomatic expression, not meant to be taken literally.