‘Advani has raised black money issue to alert his people’

April 21st, 2009 - 12:14 am ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata Party Bhopal, April 20 (IANS) Congress leader and former union minister Anil Shastri Monday claimed that by raising the issue of black money stacked in foreign banks, Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) prime ministerial aspirant L.K. Advani has alerted his own people so that they can shift their money from these banks.
Talking to reporters here, Shastri said: “Since Advani knows well that the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) was not coming to power after these elections, he has cautioned his people to withdraw money from Swiss banks by the time the next United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government assumed power at the centre.”

Alleging that the state administration under the control of the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh was harassing the Congress candidates in several constituencies, Shastri said that his party will put the issue before the Election Commission.

Shastri also claimed that the Congress would get more than 200 seats on its own in the Lok Sabha polls and Manmohan Singh would once again become the prime minister.

Shastri said that the party was not banking on the achievements of the Congress-led UPA government alone. He said the clean image of Manmohan Singh besides the signing of the landmark nuclear deal with the US would also pay dividends in the general elections.

Refuting the charge of Advani that Manmohan Singh was a “weak prime minister”, Shastri said: “Dr Singh is one of the strongest prime ministers the country has ever had and he had proven himself as a strong prime minister by signing the nuclear deal with the US despite all odds.”

The Congress leader said that the UPA government had provided 27 percent reservation to the Other Backward Classes (OBCs) and his party would also implement reservation in the private sector besides getting the the Women’s Reservation Bill through after resuming power at the centre.

Shastri also attributed Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president Lalu Prasad’s comments on the alleged involvement of the Congress in demolishing the disputed structure at Ayodhya to his (Lalu Prasad’s) party losing base in Bihar.

“Lalu did not comment on it for the last five years and now he has raised the issue only to extract political mileage,” Shastri said.

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