The Congress on Wednesday dared the government to come out with complete information without indulging in “selective leaks”, a day after finance minister Arun Jaitley said the opposition party would be embarrassed once the names of those with black money stashed abroad were made public.
HT wrote Wednesday that the government was planning to disclose to the Supreme Court the names of those with illicit accounts in foreign banks. The first list would have 136 of the nearly 800 names provided by various European countries.
“The Congress is not going to be blackmailed under any such threat… Do not try to blackmail us,” party general secretary Ajay Maken said. “Stricter possible action should be taken against whoever is involved in it but that should not be inspired by vindictiveness and it should also not be half truths.”
Tackling black money was part of the BJP’s manifesto for the summer’s Lok Sabha elections. Soon after being voted to power, the Modi government set up a special investigation team to look into the issue, as ordered by the Supreme Court.
Last week, the government had told the court it couldn’t disclose the names of all those who had deposited money abroad as it would violate tax treaties. The Congress had then said the BJP government’s move echoed its stand and it stood vindicated.
“The names will be in public shortly ... I can assure you there is no embarrassment I (BJP) will have when all the names are disclosed. There is some embarrassment the Congress party will have because of those names,” Jaitley told NDTV Tuesday.
The Congress challenged him to disclose all the names. “We tell them not to limit the declaration of names only to 136 individuals. We want to tell the BJP and the Prime Minister that half-truth is not the truth. They should not go for selective and vindictive leaks. They should come out with all the names,” Maken said.