UPA not serious on black money issue: BJP
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Last Updated: Tuesday, March 29, 2011, 20:55
New Delhi: The BJP o Tuesday flagged the issue of Indian black money stashed abroad and alleged that the UPA government was not "earnest and serious" enough on the issue despite Supreme Court interventions in the matter.

"The UPA government is not really firm on this issue. It has presented a very selective list (of those Indians having black money abroad) to the Supreme Court. The government is not being very earnest about this issue. There is no will," BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman rued.

The principal opposition maintained that the government has not come clear on what investigations it was carrying on in this issue and the source of black money.

"Why has action against Hasan Ali (allegedly involved in huge tax evasion) been delayed? Is this because those having black money and are under investigation enjoy political patronage?" Sitharaman posed.

The BJP has targeted the UPA government on the issue of black money stashed abroad and alleged that it is not doing enough to bring it back. It has maintained that this huge amount, put in Swiss banks and other tax havens, if brought to India can take care of the country's needs and lead to almost nil taxation for several years.

The BJP has also insisted that black money is a result of indulgence in corruption by the guilty and hence both go hand in hand.


First Published: Tuesday, March 29, 2011, 20:55

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