<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has been one of the most vocal critics of PM Modi’s move to demonetize Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes. And the Delhi CM lost his cool with a BBC journalist who refused to blame 55 deaths that took place to the demonetization announcement by PM Modi. In the video, Kejriwal can be heard screaming: “Few of your colleagues in media still have the courage and integrity to ask people in the queues about the issues they are facing due to this move..” He further said: “Yeh janta dekh rahi hai ke BBC waale kitne imaandaar hain (The public can now see how honest BBC is) “55 people have died in the country since the Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 notes have been banned. And the BBC is saying we can’t link this to demonetization. This is their honest journalism.”He further added that he was ‘ashamed that reporters are saying that the two issues cannot be linked’. He added: “ “People are dying and it is there in the newspapers and here you are saying that there has been no enquiry People are dying, business are down, people don’t have anything to eat in their homes, and you are saying jaanch nahi huyi (there has been no investigation).” When asked how he withdrew cash, Kejriwal said that he had sent his driver to the ATM.The interviewer then informs him that an AAP legislator had visited the BBC office and when they asked him if he stood in the queue, he said that his driver had withdrawn the money on his behalf. “Haan toh?” responded Kejriwal. “What are you trying to prove? That 55 people haven’t died?” Kejriwal went on to allege that the rich weren’t affected, and told the journalist to ‘do an interview properly’. Earlier, Arvind Kejriwal announced that he would intensify his fight against demonetization which was “anti-national”. The Delhi Chief Minister and AAP National Convener also plans to hold similar public meetings in poll bound Punjab and many other parts of the country.In Uttar Pradesh, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief will address the rallies in Meerut, Varanasi and Lucknow on December 1, 8 and 18 respectively, party spokesperson Deepak Bajpai said. Kejriwal, who had given a three-day ultimatum to the Centre to roll back demonetization yesterday, told NDTV that he will decide his next course of action after consulting West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.”It is anti-national to support demonetization in the present form, which is the biggest scam, worth Rs 8 lakh crore, in independent India’s history,” Kejriwal said. He will also be live on social media site Facebook at 7 PM tomorrow, to “apprise” the people on the “currency crisis” and will also “produce documents against the Prime Minister”.Between November 20 and November 30, he will address 21 rallies in Punjab, starting from Sukhbir Singh Badal’s constituency Jalalabad. AAP is locked in a triangular contest with the Congress and incumbent BJP-SAD alliance in the state which goes to polls early next year.”Although the exact number of public meetings are yet to be ascertained, about 90 such meetings are being planned across the country where he will garner support against demonetization of high value currency,” party sources said.Kejriwal had pitted himself against Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections from Varanasi, which he had lost by over 3 lakh votes.Asked about BJP’s criticism that he was siding with “scam-tainted” Trinamool Congress, Kejriwal said he would like the Centre to probe everyone including “myself and Mamata Banerjee”, but “who is stopping it from doing so despite having all the agencies at its disposal.” Earlier, Kejriwal tweeted that the decision taken by a government that has “lost connect” with people smacked of “insensitivity”.”I am very sad that FM has plainly refused to even review and consider rollback. Modi govt has lost connect wid people n has become very insensitive,” Kejriwal tweeted.With inputs from agencies


Watch: Kejriwal slams journalist for refusing to directly link 55 deaths to demonetization