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18/11/2019 1:26 PM IST | Updated 19/11/2019 9:33 AM IST

Electoral Bonds: Rahul Gandhi, Other Opposition Leaders React To HuffPost India Exclusive

The 'HuffPost India' investigation by journalist Nitin Sethi showed how, 2 days before announcing electoral bonds, the Modi govt dismissed the RBI's warnings on the scheme.

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (C) stands with senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders as he addresses the media representatives after arriving for the winter session of parliament in New Delhi on November 18, 2019. (Photo by Money SHARMA / AFP) (Photo by MONEY SHARMA/AFP via Getty Images)

Reacting to HuffPost India’s exclusive report on electoral bonds, opposition leaders and politicians on Monday criticised the Modi government and called on it to respond.

The report, published on Monday morning, is part of #PaisaPolitics, a HuffPost India investigative series by journalist Nitin Sethi that looks into how the Modi government brought untraceable funds into Indian politics.

Days before unveiling electoral bonds, the Modi government pretended to ask the RBI for its opinion, only to summarily dismiss the central bank’s reservations, documents show.

The report found that former finance minister Arun Jaitley took just hours to dismiss the RBI’s warning that electoral bonds could funnel black money into politics and destabilise the Indian currency.

Here’s what various politicians have said so far: