Bring black money back or quit: Digvijaya to Modi

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Oct 18, 2014 20:59 IST

All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary Digvijaya Singh said on Saturday that either Prime Minister Narendra Modi should keep his promise to bring black money back from abroad or step down from his post.

Talking to the media at his residence in Bhopal, Singh said Modi had promised during Lok Sabha elections that he would bring back the black money and give Rs 3 lakh to every citizen of the country.

"As he had promised to people, he should bring back the black money and if not to every person, he should give Rs 3 lakh to every such person who is not an income tax payee," said Singh.

He said Baba Ramdev and Narendra Modi misled people of the country by saying that a huge amount of black money has been stashed in banks abroad.

In reply to a query on the Centre not being able to disclose the names of those who had stashed black money abroad, he said, "This is what we were saying. Until there is an agreement between two countries and there are changes in law and rules of those (foreign) countries, this cannot happen."

He admitted that black money stashed in foreign banks is a big issue and it should be brought back to the country.

Talking about RSS agenda on Ram temple, he said they had nothing to do with Ram temple. "Kursi hi unka Ram Mandir hai," he said.

On Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) exam scam, he said the matter is pending in high court and the chief justice is monitoring the case. He also said income tax department's raid on two influential people revealed names of beneficiaries who included ministers, government officials and BJP and RSS leaders. The inquiry was later handed over to Lokayukta. He would find out the status of the case.

He said his next disclosure would be on Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission (MPPSC) scam. He is also studying the issue of mining. He said he wants an inquiry into the mining lease granted during his (Digvijaya’s) regime and that of the BJP to know if the lease permissions granted were legal or illegal.

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