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Cabinet reshuffle will not help: Advani

india Updated: Jan 18, 2011 21:19 IST

Senior BJP leader L K Advani on Tuesday downplayed cabinet reshuffling of the Union Council of Ministers, saying the exercise will not help as "this government is already involved in numerous scams".

In a reply to a question on reported cabinet expansion plans of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the veteran BJP leader said, "When this government is already involved in numerous scams, reshuffling of cabinet will not help. From what I have heard, there is lot of tug of war going on after the reports of reshuffling came".

On the issue of black money stashed in foreign banks, Advani said he is hopeful that the Supreme Court will act on the issue and bring back the money "to satisfy the infrastructure needs of the country".

"Eminent people like Ram Jethmalani, Subash Kashyap and KPS Gill have approached the court on the issue. I have a great hope in the Supreme Court," Advani said.

"An international organisation has said that more than Rs 20 lakh crore of Indian money is stashed in foreign banks. If it is brought back, it will satisfy infrastructure needs of the country," Advani said.

He was speaking in Ahmedabad on the sidelines of a municipal corporation function.

In his recent blog post Advani had also written, "By pursuing the matter, the Supreme Court will earn the lasting gratitude of the Indian people by forcing Government to bring back all this wealth."

Advani also lashed out at the Congress-led UPA government on the issue of price rise.

"The Central government has totally failed to control inflation. Huge increase in prices of essential commodities has made life of common people very difficult and has also made the nation suffer," Advani said.