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Why govt not disclosing names of foreign accounts: Brinda

Last Updated: Monday, January 31, 2011 - 20:15

Ranchi: CPI(M) politburo member Brinda Karat on Monday alleged that the UPA government was not ready to disclose names of those who had deposited ill-gotten money in foreign banks because it wanted to protect their reputation despite the Supreme Court?s observations on black money.

"The Centre is protecting reputation of some people instead of protecting law by its inadequate and unacceptable answer on black money stashed away in foreign banks by them," she said at a news conference here.

She demanded immediate disclosure of "looters of the country’s money" to respect the apex court’s directive.

Terming ridiculous Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal’s argument that the CAG had erroneously calculated the amount of 2G specturm, the CPI(M) politburo member sought to know whether it was Sibal’s own statement or represented the union cabinet.
"Is Kapil Sibal’s defence his own or is it the UPA’s defence? These questions leaves the demand for Joint Parliamentary Committee probe into the 1.76 lakh crore 2G spectrum scam all the more important. And we want the UPA accept our demand for JPC as the budget session begins (on February 21)," she added.

Warning the people against `Hindutva terrorism` in the wake of Swami Assemanand’s confessions, Karat asked the people to be alert against forces like Swami Assemanand to prevent `sowing the seeds of poison` in tribal-dominated areas, including Jharkhand.

Taking on Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee, she accused the Trinamool Congress of having contacts not only with the Maoists but also with Kamtapuri, GJM and other fundamentalist groups.
"Mamata Banerjee has only one point plan -- anti-CPI (M). She has joined forces like Maoists, Kamtapuri and GJM in North Bengal to break the unity of the people in West Bengal," Brinda said.

"On one hand the Railway minister makes false propaganda on matters of land acquisition for railways in West Bengal while on the other hand her ministry has raged the houses of 125 families in Jharkhand?s Sahibganj district, just across the border," she claimed.

About 1000 families in Sahibganj, she added, were protesting against the railway ministry’s decision to rage their houses situated on railway land.

"They have been staying there for the last forty years. And suddenly the railway ministry decides to vacate them from the land without any notice or compensation. The CPI (M) supports their agitation," she added.


First Published: Monday, January 31, 2011 - 20:15
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