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Advani demands ‘white paper’ on black money abroad


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CUTTACK: BJP leader L K Advani on Tuesday demanded a status document from the UPA on what steps it had taken to bring back black money stashed in foreign banks.

“The Parliament and above all, the people of this country should know what steps had been taken by the Centre to bring back around Rs 25 lakh crore black money kept by Indians in the Swiss banks,” Advani said here demanding a white paper on the issue.

He continued his tirade against the Congress-led government’s “silence” over the issue and said sincere efforts need to be made to bring back the “huge money”.

Each penny of this money should be spent for the development of around six lakh villages across the country, he said.

“The amount would be more than enough to see a developed rural India where each village would have electricity, clean drinking water, schools and better health facilities,” he said.

He also suggested that the government in New Delhi should take the opportunity of a new Act promulgated in Switzerland (Restitution of Illegal Assets Act) to bring back the black money to the country. Advani did not utter a word about the prevailing corruption in Orissa and he chose not to speak about the speculations that are rife about the prospective revival of alliance between BJP and the ruling BJD in the state.(PTI)


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