Congress to take black money issue to streets

  • Aurangzeb Naqshbandi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Dec 01, 2014 01:10 IST

The Congress is planning to take to the streets to highlight the failure of the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government on the issue of black money, believing it will find resonance with the people.

The party has asked its state units to mount an aggressive campaign to bring to attention the BJP’s failure to fulfill its promise of bringing back black money stashed by Indians in foreign banks within 100 days of forming its government at the Centre.

This issue was one of the biggest promises made by the party during their campaign for this summer’s Lok Sabha elections.

In the first Cabinet meeting a special investigative team, headed by retired Supreme Court judge MB Shah, was constituted to look into the issue. This was done in compliance with a Supreme Court directive.

But almost six months later, the Modi government informed the Supreme Court that it could not disclose certain details because of India’s double taxation avoidance agreement with some countries. It also stated in Parliament that getting the black money back from various foreign banks was a procedure which would take time.

This has given the Congress, yet to recover from one of the worst defeats, ammunition to attack the government.

Himachal Pradesh Congress chief Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu told HT that he has already held few rallies on the issue and will now step up the campaign.

Apart from black money, Punjab Congress president Partap Singh Bajwa told HT that they are going to take the issue of drug menace to the people’s court.

“Modi had promised during his poll campaign that he will put an end to drug mafia in Punjab. Was it only to garner votes?” he asked.

The Congress is also likely to come out with a booklet highlighting the government’s U-turns.

However, some Congress leaders admit that Modi had succeeded in turning what was “purely an administrative matter” into a people’s issue which helped the BJP reap rich electoral dividends.

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