New Delhi: Senior BJP leader LK Advani on Sunday said the issue of bringing back Indian black money illegally
stashed away abroad would figure prominently during his
anti-corruption `Jan Chetna Yatra` across the country.
"Though I will raise the issue of rampant corruption,
price rise and extreme poverty that exists in the country
during my Jan Chetna Yatra, issue of black money stashed away
abroad will figure most prominently," he said.
Advani was addressing a gathering of people from the rural
areas of Delhi at his residence. The function was held to
felicitate him ahead of the yatra which begins on October 11.
"For the last so many years, I have been saying that huge
sums of Indian money has been stashed away abroad in foreign
banks, especially in Switzerland," Advani said.
He recalled that during the erstwhile NDA government, the
issue was taken up with the Swiss authorities but the latter
expressed their inability to return the money or share
information due to their banking secrecy laws.
"People generally ask us as to what we did about black
money when we were in power for six years. I tell them before
this the Swiss government never allowed us to access the
information," he said.
However, due to pressure from the US and European
countries, the laws were changed and Switzerland allowed
access to these banking details.
"In 2009, I had rigorously raised the issue of black money
during Lok Sabha elections and before that I wrote to Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh saying that when the banks in
Switzerland, despite their banking secrecy laws, are returning
money to other countries like America and Germany, why can`t
India get its money back?" Advani asked.