Relieved BJP backs Kejriwal on black money issue

New Delhi, Nov 10: The BJP on Friday regained some breath and backed India Against Corruption (IAC) activist-turned-politician Arvind Kejriwal over his allegations of money laundering levelled against big corporates and the Government of India's alleged attempt to shield them.

The BJP, which had received a serious setback after Kejriwal accused its party president Nitin Gadkari of indulging in corrupt practices in Maharashtra in his last expose, found an opportunity to attack the Congress-led UPA government with a renewed vigour.

Soon after Kejriwal brought his charges against big corporate body like the Reliance, the BJP said that it had first raised the issue of black money being stashed away abroad by powerful and influential people and recalled its demand to reveal names of all 700 account holders that are with the government. It also indicated that the matter might be raised in Parliament in the winter session starting later this month.

The opposition party said it had been raising the issue of black money since 2009 Lok Sabha elections when its prime ministerial candidate LK Advani had asked that names of all those people who were amassing wealth abroad be made public.

Party spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said the BJP believed that the black money issue was a serious one for the government. She said the Congress had initially mocked Advani's demand and after coming to power in 2009, it had promised that it would act within 100 days.

"But nothing has moved since," she said. Sitharaman also said that the former Union Finance Minister, Pranab Mukherjee, had announced that a committee would be formed to look into the matter but the government did not share any details on the progress of the matter.

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