BJP president Nitin Gadkari has said his party’s move to get its MPs to submit affidavits on having “no assets abroad” is not empty rhetoric because all of them have signed the declaration.
“My party is absolutely serious on the issue of money stashed in foreign bank accounts. The government has received 700 names of such account-holders. It is being said that there are some politicians also. I do not know, but these names must come out,” Gadkari said during an exclusive interaction with HT at its Leaderspeak@ht programme on Thursday.
The BJP’s fiat to its MPs on foreign assets is aimed at taking a high moral ground vis-a-vis the Congress, which is facing the heat on corruption.
The BJP chief arrived in Chandigarh on Thursday in connection with the inauguration of the Khalsa Heritage Complex at Anandpur Sahib on Friday.
On the central government’s proposal to allow foreign direct investment in multi-brand retail, Gadkari said the BJP was not in favour of such a move.
“The situation is not conducive in our country for such decisions. There is the issue of small retailers and unemployment,” he said.
On the hot issues of corruption and inflation, Gadkari said as corruption was fuelling inflation, the Manmohan Singh government had lost its image as well as “saakh” (credibility) in the eyes of the people.
Closer home, the BJP chief virtually gave a clean chit to the three party ministers — Manoranjan Kalia, Raj Khurana and Swarna Ram — who were dropped from the Punjab government, run by the Shiromani Akali Dal and the BJP, in recent months, saying that they were not removed on charges of perceived corruption.