BJP MLA from Ladpura in Rajasthan’s Kota district Bhawani Singh Rajawat has purportedly claimed that Ambani and Adani had prior knowledge of the demonetisation of ₹500 and ₹1,000, as shown in a video released online.
“Adani, Ambani atram-satram in sab ko pehle hi pata thha. Inko hint de diya gaya. Unhone apna kar liya (Adani, Ambani and others knew it beforehand. They had been given a hint and they made arrangements accordingly),” Rajawat purportedly said in the video.
Rajawat’s controversial jibe came at a time when opposition parties were accusing Modi government of giving prior information of demonetisation to industrialists and black money hoarders.
However, Rajawat denied making the comments. “I did not say any of those things being shown in the video,” he said. Contradicting himself, the MLA elected from Ladpura told The Indian Express that the conversation was “off-the-record” and that his comments had been “distorted”.
Bhawani Singh is not new to controversies. Previously, he demanded criminal background check for Bihari students in Kota and adviced bikers not to wear a helmet, arguing that it was uncomfortable and caused baldness.