‘Efforts on to unearth black money parked abroad’

The Centre was moving ahead with steps to unearth black money stashed abroad but could not disclose the names of persons now due to agreements in this regard with these nations, Defence Minister AK Antony said Thursday.

Last Updated: Mar 31, 2011, 16:02 PM IST

Thiruvananthapuram: The Centre was moving ahead
with steps to unearth black money parked in foreign countries but could not disclose the names of persons now due to agreements in this regard with these nations, Defence Minister
A K Antony said Thursday.

The Centre itself had given list of persons with black money
to the Supreme Court. But it cannot be disclosed now as there
are agreements in this regard with foreign countries", Antony,
who started his election campaign for the April 13 Kerala
assembly polls said at a meet the press programme here.

The Centre was in the process of resolving the issue with
foreign countries with which India had agreements, he said.

Antony said the UPA government would not protect any body involved in corruption cases. The government had decided to move sternly in the 2G spectrum allocation scam case, he said.
The government had nothing to hide in the case and it was the Centre that asked Supreme Court to have investigation of the case by CBI under the supervision of the apex court, he
said.

Controlling prices of essential commodities was an important
agenda of the UPA government, he said.

He said Kerala Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan`s style of
campaign was "unbecoming to the post he hold".

Achuthanandan was trying to create a smoke screen to hide
the failure of his five-year rule by raking up issues such as
"his fight against corruption and sex scandal offenders.
If Achuthanandan is sincere in his words, let him come out with
list of corruption cases initiated by his government and
persons arrested in sex scandal cases", Antony said.

People would ensure a change of government in Kerala and
West Bengal, he said, adding, "defeat in West Bengal and Kerala
will enable the Left to come to terms with reality and learn a
lesson`, he said.
Due to Achuthanandan`s "stubbornness", many developments
works and projects failed to take off or was delayed to start.

The five-year delay to start the multi-crore Smart City IT
project at Kochi was a best example for style of functioning
of the LDF government, he said.
Antony said there was no confusion in the Congress over who
should be the next Chief Minister if UDF came to power.

On the decision to field KPCC President Ramesh Chennithala
and opposition leader Oommen Chandy in the polls, Antony said
it was a decision taken after consultation among all leaders.

Referring to selection of candidates, Antony said this time
more youngsters were given ticket.

On the allegation of a former state Congress minister K K
Ramachadran Master that many Congress candidates got ticket
by paying money, Antony said it was an unfortunate statement.

`There is no payment seats in Congress`, he said.

PTI