BJP says it will pursue black money issue

January 25th, 2011 - 5:54 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata Party New Delhi,Jan 25(IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) Tuesday demanded the government should disclose the names of “those people who are holding accounts in foreign banks and facing criminal and tax cases in India”.”The people of India expect that at least the names of those facing criminal cases or tax litigation be disclosed,” BJP general secretary Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters here.

Prasad was reacting to the statement of Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee Tuesday that the government was under legal obligation not to release the details of the information on black money provided by international institutions.

“We wanted to assure the people of India that the BJP will vigorously pursue the issue” of money stashed in foreign countries. “We will raise it inside and outside parliament,” he added.

“Either the government has no will power, or it is under some compulsion” not to disclose the names of those who have illegal wealth abroad, Prasad asserted.

He recalled that when senior BJP leader L.K. Advani raised the issue during the Lok Sabha poll campaign in 2009, the Congress had said that “he (Advani) was alerting those who had slashed away money abroad”.

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