Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar
on Monday said people of the country were fed up of the
"insensitivity" to "curb corruption" by those in power and
appealed to the Centre to immediately bring back black money
stashed away in foreign banks.
"Corruption has emerged as a burning issue before the
country... and now now the people want that the black money
stashed away in Swiss and other banks abroad be brought back
soon," Kumar told reporters on the sidelines of his `Janata
He said the people also harboured the desire of
knowing the names of those who had deposited the black money
"There are people who have virtually looted the money
from the country and parked it in banks abroad and the Centre
must act immediately to bring the money back for the country`s
development," he said.
"People of the country are facing the brunt of
price rise. They are also fed up with the insensitivity to
curb corruption by those in power," Kumar said.
The Centre should read the writing on the wall and
there should not be any further delay in reining in
corruption, he said.
"The people have enough power to change the fate of
the country by replacing the ruling party by another one.
Nobody in India can keep clinging to power without people`s
mercy and blessings," the chief minister said.
Those at the Centre own the responsibility to build
up an atmosphere of confidence in people`s mind. If they
fail to discharge their responsibilities and duties, the
people have the sovereign weapon of votes through which they
may decide their own future and also the future of the
country, he said.
Reiterating the resolve of his government to weed out
corruption, Kumar said the Special Vigilance Unit (SVU), set
up on August 15, 2006, was not a burden on the state exchequer
and it was doing its work.
"We have ensured contractual appointment of retired
BCBI officials in the SVU which is taking care that corruption
cases reach their logical end," he said.