Why is govt not disclosing names of foreign accounts; Brinda

Ranchi, Jan 31 (PTI) CPI(M) politburo member Brinda Karattoday alleged that the UPA government was not ready todisclose names of those who had deposited ill-gotten money inforeign banks because it wanted to protect their reputationdespite the Supreme Court�s observations on black money.

"The Centre is protecting reputation of some peopleinstead of protecting law by its inadequate and unacceptableanswer on black money stashed away in foreign banks by them,"she said at a news conference here.

She demanded immediate disclosure of "looters of thecountry�s money" to respect the apex court�s directive.

Terming ridiculous Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal�s argumentthat the CAG had erroneously calculated the amount of 2Gspecturm, the CPI(M) politburo member sought to know whetherit was Sibal�s own statement or represented the union cabinet.

"Is Kapil Sibal�s defence his own or is it the UPA�sdefence? These questions leaves the demand for JointParliamentary Committee probe into the 1.76 lakh crore 2Gspectrum scam all the more important. And we want the UPAaccept our demand for JPC as the budget session begins (onFebruary 21)," she added.

Warning the people against ''Hindutva terrorism'' in thewake of Swami Assemanand�s confessions, Karat asked the peopleto be alert against forces like Swami Assemanand to prevent''sowing the seeds of poison'' in tribal-dominated areas,including Jharkhand.

Taking on Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee, she accusedthe Trinamool Congress of having contacts not only with theMaoists but also with Kamtapuri, GJM and other fundamentalistgroups.

"Mamata Banerjee has only one point plan � anti-CPI (M).

She has joined forces like Maoists, Kamtapuri and GJM inNorth Bengal to break the unity of the people in West Bengal,"Brinda said.

"On one hand the Railway minister makes false propagandaon matters of land acquisition for railways in West Bengalwhile on the other hand her ministry has raged the houses of125 families in Jharkhand�s Sahibganj district, just acrossthe border," she claimed.

About 1000 families in Sahibganj, she added, wereprotesting against the railway ministry�s decision to ragetheir houses situated on railway land.

"They have been staying there for the last forty years. Andsuddenly the railway ministry decides to vacate them from theland without any notice or compensation. The CPI (M) supportstheir agitation," she added.

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