Those opposing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision of demonitisation are representing interests of black money holders, the BJP is saying.

Yet, days before the PM announced the ban on 500 and 1000 rupee notes, the BJP had gone on a shopping spree, buying land worth crores of rupees.

According to catchnews, the news portal edited by former Hindustan Times editor in chief Bharat Bhusan, the BJP had bought several plots of land up to the first week of November. Modi had made the announcement of demonitisation only on November 8.

Catchnews claims to have obtained deeds of 10 such property transactions in Bihar. Some of the plots of land were even bought in the name of BJP President Amit Shah.

BJP MLA from Bihar, Sanjeev Chaurasia, was among the senior party functionaries who bought the land parcels, the news portal says. According to Chaurasia, such purchases were not limited to Bihar, but in other states as

Sab jagah khareeda jaa raha tha… Bihar ke saath aur jagah bhi khareeda jaa raha hai… Hum log to sirf signatory authority hi hain paisa to party ki taraf se aaya tha… saari zameein khareedi hain… party karyalay ke liye aur anya kaamo ke liye… November 1st week tak zameein khareedi hain.”

(“Land was being bought everywhere… In other places too, along with Bihar… We are merely the signatory authority; the money came from the party… the plots were bought for building party offices and other purposes. They were bought up to the first week of November.”)

Telephone calls to Sanjeev Chaurasia by Observe24x7 to independently verify his reported statement went unanswered.

When catchnews asked him whether the properties were bought in cash or cheque, Chaurasia replied “alag alag tareeke se paisa aata hai” (Money was sent in different formats).

Land was acquired in cities and towns such as Madhubani, Katihar, Madhepura, Lakhisarai, Kishanganj and Arwal.

The size of the plots purchased ranged from 250 sq feet to about half an acre. Their values range between Rs 8 lakh to Rs 1.16 crore. The costliest land parcel was bought at Rs 1,100 per sq feet. land-2

The people who have had these plots transferred in their names:

Amit Shah, National President of the Bhartiya Janata Party through Sanjeev Chaurasia who is the General Secretary of Bihar. One of the properties that have been transferred to him, was bought for Rs 60.13 lakh in Lakhisarai.

Sanjeev Chaurasia, General Secretary of the BJP’s Bihar unit has had a plot transferred to the address of 11 Ashoka Road, which happens to be the national headquarters of the BJP.

Lal Babu Prasad, vice-chairman of the BJP’s Bihar unit. His address is Village Arya Samaj Road Narkatiyaganj, PS- Narkatiyaganj, West Champaran.

BJP’s Bihar unit’s treasurer, Dilip Kumar Jaiswal. His address, in one of the contracts, is mentioned as Purabpali Road, PS – district Kisanganj, while another states it as 11 Ashoka Road.

There have been some cases, according to Catch News, where the recipient has been the BJP itself with the address of its national headquarters.