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Missing Vajpayee's support in this yatra: Advani

bhopal Updated: Oct 16, 2011 18:41 IST
Atal Bihari Vajpayee

BJP leader LK Advani on Sunday said he was missing "support and guidance" of his colleague and former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in his ongoing yatra.

Addressing a public meeting at the Dusshera Maidan, the veteran BJP leader said, "I received support and guidance from Vajpayee during my earlier five yatras.

"But I am missing it this time. I embarked on this journey only after seeking blessings from him. But there is no doubt that in this yatra, I am missing Vajpayee very much."

Advani said that since the 2009 Lok Sabha elections he had been stressing on the need to bring back black money stashed away in foreign banks by rich Indians.

He claimed that an agency called Global Integrity has estimated that nearly Rs 2.5 lakh crore was stashed away abroad and that figure was also authenticated by the Swiss Bank Association.

Advani said that there are many countries including the US, Germany, France and Russia whose residents have deposited money in tax havens like Switzerland, but Indians have stashed away maximum amount of money.

Referring to the cash-for-vote scam, he said that although his party's three members played the role of a whistle-blower in the matter, they were put in Tihar Jail which has pained him a lot.

"This is also one of the reasons behind the yatra as those who had given the money were roaming free," Advani said.

The veteran BJP leader also sought to know from the Centre what steps the government has taken to identify the persons who had stashed away black money in foreign banks after Switzerland enacted Restitution of Illicit Assets Act.

"I demand that the government bring out a White Paper on the issue in the Winter Session of Parliament," he said.