Budget session: Black money issue to be prominent

BJP leader LK Advani said that the Opposition was eager to know how the Government had tackled the matter of Black money.

New Delhi: The issue of bringing back Indian
black money stashed abroad is likely to figure prominently in
the Budget session of Parliament beginning Monday with BJP
leader LK Advani on Saturday saying that the Opposition was eager
to know how the Government had tackled the matter.

Recalling Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee`s assurance
to Parliament during the Winter session that a "white paper"
(authoritative document) would be brought on black money,
Advani said it was an "important issue" and the opposition
looked forward to it with great expectation.

"I do not know if the Finance Minister`s promise in the
last session of a white paper on black money is going to be
presented in the first part or after the recess. That is an
issue we look forward to with great expectation...that it will
not be just a formal thing," he told reporters here.

"The issue itself is important and we would like to know
from the white paper how the Government has tackled it till
now or proposes to get back the enornmous wealth, which has
been very often illicitly earned...," he said.

During the discussion on the adjournment motion in the
Lok Sabha, Mukherjee had assured that the government will
bring a "White Paper" on black money.

Replying to a spirited debate on Adjournment Motion on
Blackmoney moved by Advani, which was later defeated by voice
vote, Mukherjee had rejected Opposition demand for making
public the information received, saying it would violate the
agreement with foreign countries and also "dry up our source
of information".

Asked about Lokpal Bill, which could not be passed in the
Rajya Sabha during the Winter session, Advani said the
legislation should be brought in the House.

"Lokpal Bill should be brought," he said.
The Rajya Sabha had witnessed a mid-night drama after the
government said on expiry of the extended time period of the
Winter session that there was no time left for voting and
passage of the Lokpal Bill.

An angry Opposition had accused the Government of being
in a "hopeless" minority and running away from Parliament.

Without referring to the Centre`s proposal to implement
National Counter-Terrorism Centre (NCTC), Advani also said the
Opposition would demand a discussion on its "concern on
encroachments into the state`s authority".

He said Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj
had expressed the Opposition`s concern on encroachments into
the state`s authority and dilution of the country`s federal
structure when she met Speaker Meira Kumar.

"These are the matters of concern, how we discuss it,
whether we discuss it in the first part -- before the recess
or the second part-- all these are things to be decided,"
Advani said.