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Publish black money account holders list: Gadkari

kolkata Updated: Nov 30, 2011 23:09 IST
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Attacking the Congress-led UPA government on the issues of corruption and black money, the BJP on Wednesday demanded that the Prime Minister make public the list of names of those who have black money stashed in foreign banks.

"We had requested the Prime Minister to publish the list of those who had black money in foreign banks, but he said: no. Why has he declined to publish the list? Is it because the list contains names of some Congress leaders?" Gadkari questioned at a BJP rally in Kolkata.

He said while countries like Fiji and the Philippines have brought back black money to their countries, the Centre had not made any effort to do so.

"Whose money is it? If anyone has a right to the money, it is the poor people of our country. I can assure you that if BJP comes to power at the Centre, it will build roads, develop agriculture and bring about all-round development with the money," Gadkari said.

Claiming that the UPA government had lost credibility, leadership and support, Gadkari said, "the Prime Minister has failed to contain corruption. Nobody listens to him, not even his ministers."

Referring to the CWG and 2G spectrum scams, Gadkari said, "not only (erstwhile telecom minister) Raja, (union minister) P Chidambaram and the Congress also cooperated in the 2G scam. If Raja can be jailed, why not Chidambaram?"

While prices of kerosene, LPG and other essential commodities were low during the NDA rule the GDP had now come down to 7% and the Rupee devalued, he observed.

Turning to key UPA ally Trinamool Congress, Gadkari said party chief Mamata Banerjee had kept quiet on the issue of corruption and price rise.

"If she is really serious in her opposition to these issues, why is she not showing the courage of not supporting the UPA?" Gadkari said.

Describing the Congress as a party of 'mother and son,' Gadkari said, "there is only owner (of the party), the rest are all labourers. (Prime Minister) Manmohan Singh, (finance minister) Pranab Mukherjee, or (home minister) P Chidambaram can never become president of the party. They all have to bow before (Congress president) Sonia Gandhi."

Gadkari denied charges that BJP was a communal party, saying that it advocated equal rights for all.

"We are not against Muslims, but we are against terrorism. It was during Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA rule that respected scientist APJ Abdul Kalam was made president. What has the Congress done for the Muslims in its rule of more than 50 years?"

While the Supreme Court had upheld the death sentence of prime accused in the 2001 Parliament attack Afzal Guru, the government was dragging its feet in implementing it, he said.

"The families of the martyred jawans were so disgusted by the government's attitude that they decided to return the medals," Gadkari said.

He claimed that while refusing citizenship to Bangladeshi 'refugees' who were victims of persecution in their country, the government was offering voters' cards to 'foreigners.

Stating that there was wide-spread resentment against the Congress in the country, Gadkari claimed the BJP alone would bag more than 200 seats in the next parliamentary elections.

He said that despite being rich in resources, Bengal had remained backward because of wrong economic policies and bad governance.