Advani slams PM on black money, asks names to be disclosed

Thursday, January 20, 2011

NEW DELHI - Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L.K. Advani Thursday attacked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for the government’s response in Supreme Court on unearthing money illegally stashed by Indians in foreign banks, saying that it should tell the names of those who had sent money abroad.

“The Supreme Court Wednesday observed that the stashing away of the money to foreign banks was plunder of the country,” Advani said at a function organised by the youth wing of his party here.

He said the government did not reveal the names of those who had stashed money abroad.

“How will it not (reveal the names). And today, at the first meeting of the reshuffled cabinet of the UPA-II, the government was forced to discuss the issue of black money stashed on foreign soil,” he added.

When the BJP raised the issue during 2009 Lok Sabha polls, the Prime Minister had remarked that “it was an election stunt”, Advani said, terming it “an irresponsible statement”, he said.

Attacking the government on scams related to the 2G spectrum, Commonwealth games and Adarsh Society in Mumbai, Advani said the “government was passing through the worst crisis of its tenure”.

Handing over the national flag to Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) president Anurag Thakur, who is leading the Ekta Yatra to Srinagar to hoist the tricolour at Lal Chowk on Republic Day (Jan 26), Advani criticised the remarks of Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and said there was no reason to oppose the march.

Hoping that the BJYM will be successful in its march, Advani said it was the responsibility of the state government to see that the march was successful.

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