"There can be disagreements between political parties and political leaders. During the election campaign, there is a debate and discussion but that should be within the parameters of civilised dialogue. Unfortunately, that dignity has been violated and the campaign has been dragged to a low level of discourse by the BJP," claimed Anand Sharma, Congress leader and Minister of State for External Affairs.
External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee lashed out at BJP prime ministerial candidate L K Advani for not doing enough to get back the so-called 'black money' stashed away in Swiss bank accounts.
Mukherjee said the NDA Government had enacted a 'toothless' Prevention of Money Laundering Act in 2002, which the UPA Government had to amend twice in 2004 and 2009 to make it more effective. My question to Advani is that you passed the Prevention of Money Laundering Act in 2002. Why did not you put adequate strength and tooth in this Act because you were in office in 2002, 2003 and part of 2004? What did you precisely do to bring the stashed money outside India and to unearth?," said Mukherjee in his parliamentary constituency Jangipura.
Advani, who was in Bihar, said if voted to power, his party would bring back Indian money stashed in Swiss banks.