Rudy demands PM's answer on Kejriwal's expose on 'black money'
With Arvind Kejriwal targetting the issue of black money and claiming to have a list of 700 Indians who have accounts in HSBC's branch in Geneva, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy on Friday asked Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh to come forth with a befitting reply to all the charges levelled by the India Against Corruption (IAC) chief.
"The government must come forth and the Prime Minister must personally answer who is responsible, what Kejriwal is saying is it the truth; if there is a truth then has there been a failure on part of the government or is the government a part of the whole system in saying that such institutions which are playing fraud with the country they survive in this country," said Rudy.
"So, there are large questions being raised and I am sure the Prime Minister himself will answer because the question of black money is linked to the Prime Minister. The question of black money is now linked to money laundering and all these deserve an answer from the Congress Party and mainly an economist Prime Minister," he added.
Rudy, who is also the spokesperson of the BJP, said the charges that have been levelled by Kejriwal were a matter of deep concern.
"The charges, which have been levelled by Kejriwal, this is not just about money laundering; this is also about black money, which has been stashed in Swiss Banks. The BJP has been charging the government that lakhs of crores of rupees is stashed in Swiss Banks and other European banks and that needs to be brought back. The Prime Minister of this country did say one that after he took charge of UPA-II that he is going to get back the black money. It's almost three and a half years, not a single rupee has come back," said Rudy.
"Even there was a White Paper published by the government, which absolutely was rather a Black Paper by the government. Today again when the charges against HSBC of doing money laundering and he has mentioned the names of several individuals, including Congress politicians; one doesn't actually whose names are there and whose names are not, we are not the right people to comment on it. But all these charges deserve investigation," he added.
Kejriwal on Friday raked up the issue of black money and alleged that the government was incapable to stop the practice. .
Claiming to have a list of 700 Indians having accounts in HSBC's branch in Geneva, Kejriwal said that a senior Congress leader had provided the information to enable the 'expose' by the Indian Against Corruption (IAC).
Kejriwal said both the Congress Party and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have joined hands to spread corruption.
"Government doesn't want to bring back black money stashed in Swiss banks abroad. The government has a list of 700 people having accounts in Swiss banks," he said.
Kejriwal claimed that Mukesh Ambani has Rs. 100 crores, Anil Ambani has Rs. 100 crores, Sandeep Tandon - former IRS, ED official - who raided Reliance has Rs. 125 crores, Reliance Industries Rs. 200 crores, Sandeep Tandon's wife Anu, who is now Congress MP from Unnao, has Rs. 125 crores, Motech Software Private Ltd (Reliance Group company) - Rs. 2,100 crores, Kokila Dhirubhai Ambani has an account but in December 2006 it had no balance, Naresh Goyal has Rs. 80 crores.
He further claimed that three members from Dabur have accounts totalling Rs. 25 crores.
"Yashovardhan Birla has an account, but in December 2006 it has no balance. CBI had said there is Rs. 25 lakh crores - these 700 names account for only Rs. 6000 crores," he said.
Kejriwal, who parted ways with Anna Hazare, also alleged that the UPA Government-led by Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has turned out to be the biggest economic threat to India.
Kejriwal has so far targetted Congress President Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid, BJP President Nitin Gadkari and the Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance group.