Make public names of Indian a/c holders in Swiss banks: Advani

LK Advani
Pune, Nov 4: Taking the UPA government to task for its masterly inactivity on black money front, senior BJP leader LK Advani today (Nov 4) demanded a white paper on the issue of making public names of Indian account holders in Swiss banks.

"I demand that names of account holders in Swiss banks which have been given by the French government to India recently, must be made public and prompt follow up action be taken against them," Advani who arrived in the city on his Janachetana yatra told a press conference.

Hinting that the focus of upcoming winter session will be on black money, Advani said "UPA government has demonstrated masterly inactivity and there is a deliberate design to divert and sidetrack the issue itself. Why the names of the account holders not being released ?."

Alleging that the very intention of government is suspect, he said the taxation agreement with Switzerland would become effective from April 2012 and could enable the defaulters to transfer their account to some other banks or withdraw their money from Swiss bank.

Continuing his attack on Congress led UPA, Advani said it appeared that only DMK was suffering for corruption charges.

"Congress is running the UPA government. Only DMK is suffering for corruption. I have no soft corner for DMK but the names of other persons who have endorsed it have also surfaced in 2G spectrum scam," he commented.

On Lokpal Bill, Advani said he was hopeful of its passing in the winter session of Parliament and added that Team Anna had met BJP leaders during their discussions of Janalokpal draft and agreed to remove some discrepancies in it as suggested by the party.

There should not be any problem in passing the Bill if both Congress and BJP were in agreement, he noted.

Advani reiterated the party stand that Prime Minister should be included in the purview of Lokpal bill.

He said just as good governance and corruption cannot co-exist, democracy and dynastic succession cannot go together and added that it was "shocking" that the principal political party in the country had accepted dynastic rule in principle.

The BJP leader said the galloping food inflation reflected mismanagement of food economy under an economist prime minister.


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