New Delhi: BJP on Saturday alleged that the manner
in which the names of those having black money in tax havens
abroad are being "withheld" and efforts are being made to
"shield" ex-Telecom Minister A Raja shows the government has
taken up "consultancy or advocacy services" for the corrupt.
"This government is ruling with a colonial mindset. The
way it has so-called disclosed the names of black money
stashers does not instill any confidence. It has been said
that perhaps from the back door, they were asked to pay the
taxes and then the names were exposed," BJP spokesperson Tarun
He added that this allegation was yet to be
investigated. The BJP leader maintained that it was not
acceptable that the government cannot reveal the names of
black money stashers in Swiss and foreign banks.
"Those who shield their Quattrochchi (Italian businessman
allegedly involved in Bofors pay-offs) and in illegal way
return his money are shying away from bringing back Indian
people`s money in foreign banks. This raises the suspicion
that perhaps they have a stake in that money," Vijay said.
The principal opposition insisted that those who have
stashed their black money in foreign banks are "anti-national,
they are like traitors, they are like economic terrorists". It
asked the government to come clean on these issues and "not
act as a colonial government".
"Government is not only trying to shield them. It has
taken up a consultancy or advocacy service for the corrupt,"
He named Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal as the one who was
trying to "shield" his predecessor A Raja in the 2-G Spectrum
allocation case despite his arrest.
"Even now Congress is trying to cover up all its
misdeeds under one or the other alibi," Vijay said.
BJP maintained that there should not be any provision
which should stop the government from exposing the corrupt and
giving them exemplary punishment.
"Especially if those who are in politics are found
corrupt they should never be spared. They should be dealt with
extra harshness," Vijay said.