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RK Nagar bypolls: Chidambaram takes a dig at Modi’s demonetisation drive

LiveMint logoLiveMint 10-04-2017 PTI

New Delhi: As the election commission cancelled the R. K. Nagar bypoll over use of money power, Congress leader P. Chidambaram on Monday took a jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking if his demonetisation drive has achieved the desired results.

“We were told demonetisation has put an end to black money. Was money distributed in R. K. Nagar white money?” the former finance and home minister said in a tweet.

The Election Commission on Sunday night cancelled the 12 April bypoll to the R.K. Nagar assembly constituency in Tamil Nadu, saying the electoral process has been “seriously vitiated” by parties through use of money power.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while announcing the demonetisation decision on 8 November, had said that the move would curb black money besides getting other positive results. The bypoll to R. K. Nagar was necessitated due to the death of former chief minister J. Jayalalithaa.

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