Black money: BJP says no `clean chit` to Sonia

Notwithstanding senior BJP leader LK Advani`s regret letter to Sonia Gandhi, his party on Monday said the Congress president or her late husband Rajiv Gandhi had not been given a "clean chit" on the issue of black money.

Last Updated: Feb 21, 2011, 20:37 PM IST

New Delhi: Notwithstanding senior BJP leader
LK Advani`s regret letter to Sonia Gandhi, his party on Monday
said the Congress president or her late husband Rajiv Gandhi
had not been given a "clean chit" on the issue of black money.

"It is not a clean chit. Investigations into black
money parked abroad are still on and one should wait for the
process to end," BJP Deputy Leader in Lok Sabha Gopinath Munde
told reporters here.

He was asked whether Advani`s letter meant the party has
cleared Gandhi`s name in the black money issue.

In his brief letter to Gandhi on Thursday last, Advani
had said "I am happy that you have denied the reports relating
to you and your family alluded to in the Task Force`s Report
on Black Money.

"If these had been denied earlier the Task Force would
have taken your denial into account. Even so, I deeply regret
the distress caused to you."

The BJP leader expressed regret after Gandhi sent him a
terse letter, saying she did not expect a leader of his
"stature" to level such allegations.

Meanwhile, NDA convenor Sharad Yadav defended Advani`s
letter to Gandhi.

"The allegations were never refuted. But when she refuted
the charge, Advani accepted it...we are in politics and fight
for what is right," said Yadav, the chief of JD(U) which is a
key ally of the BJP.

He said the issue of black money stashed abroad would be
taken up during the Budget session by the NDA. "We have been
raising this issue and continue to do so...it is a big issue,"
he said.

PTI