Terming the austerity drive launched by the Congress-led government as hypocrisy, Janata Dal (United) National President Sharad Yadav on Saturday said that if the Congress is serious on the issue, it should bring a bill to this effect in Parliament.
"The austerity drive of the Congress is hypocrisy," he told reporters in Jabalpur.
He said that the UPA had been in power for the last five years but it had never given a thought to put an end to the lavish spendings.
"Why all of a sudden is it going for austerity measures ?" he asked. The party should bring a bill to this effect in parliament if it is serious about austerity, he said.
To a query, the JD (U) president said that the UPA government was not serious over bringing back the black money stashed in Swiss banks.
He said that the Indian government like the US should try to get the names of the people having accounts in Swiss banks. He said that the UPA government was giving contradictory remarks on the issue and statements made in Parliament were different from those made outside.
About his party's poor showing in assembly by-elections in Bihar, the JD (U) chief said that it was the result of the denial of tickets to the kins of nine politicians, as his party stands against promotion of such (family)politics.