New Delhi: Seeking to corner the government on the issue of blackmoney and daring it to come clean, BJP leader L K Advani on Sunday said that all NDA MPs will give a declaration during the Parliament session commencing next week stating that they do not possess any illegal wealth or bank accounts outside India.

Advani’s yatra is for his PM dream:Moily

Addressing a huge rally at Ramlila grounds at the culmination of his 38-day anti-corruption yatra, Advani said even though his journey has ended, the battle against corruption would continue.

Accusing the government of "lack of political will" to fight graft, Advani said the only route to end corruption is through public awakening or a change of government.

Flanked by top BJP and NDA leaders, as well as AIADMK supremo Jayalalitha's emissary M Thambidurai, Advani said, "the fog around India's politics will not go automatically. It will go only by public awakening or by the change of government."

He added, "My Yatra against corruption has ended, but this war will carry on till we conquer corruption."

"Within one week of the start of the Parliament session on November 22, all NDA MPs will give a declaration that they do not possess any bank account or illegal wealth abroad," Advani promised.

The 84-year-old BJP leader said the declaration to be handed over by Lok Sabha MPs to the Speaker and Rajya Sabha MPs to the Chairman will read as "I solemnly state and declare
that I do not have directly or indirectly any bank account or assets illegally held outside India."

Expressing dissatisfaction over the government's actions on the issue of black money so far, Advani said, "I am unhappy that on black money, the government has not provided any concrete information or steps taken by it.

"The main reason for not eradicating corruption was not the lack of laws, but the lack of will to act against corruption," he alleged and said, "This battle will continue till the time the nation was satisfied that corruption was actually removed."

He also favoured a strong Lokpal bill and said he would ascertain the progress made by the parliamentary Standing Committee on the much-awaited measure.

Earlier, Advani welcomed the court verdict in a graft case against former Telcom Minister Sukhram who was in the P V Narasimha Rao cabinet. "It is the Judiciary which is doing better (than the government) in the task of eradicating corruption," he told a gathering in Ghaziabad, on the outskirts of Delhi.

Missed Vajpayee on my yatra

Advani on Sunday said his 40-day Jan Chetna Yatra was a success but he missed ailing former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on the nationwide tour. “This yatra has been unique in many ways,” Advani said, addressing a public rally here to mark the conclusion of his journey to create awareness on corruption and black money stashed in foreign banks.

He said he has conducted six nationwide journeys in the 60 years of his joining politics. “I received overwhelming welcome in various states. But this was the first yatra when Vajpayeeji was not with me,” he said.

Advani said he had sought Vajpayee's blessings the day before he set out on the 40-day journey on Oct 11. The 87-year-old Vajpayee has been away from active politics due to his ailing health.

Jaya emissary at Advani rally

In a gesture of support, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa sent her emissary  M Thambidurai, the AIADMK's leader in the Lok Sabha, to attend BJP leader LK Advani's rally here on Sunday.

Thambidurai was present along with NDA leaders near the stage at the Ramlila Maidan here as Advani reached the venue to mark the end of his 40-day Jan Chetna Yatra.

The AIADMK is not a constituent of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA). But the AIADMK's gesture to support Advani's yatra comes ahead of the winter session of Parliament beginning on Tuesday. It also signals growing warmth between Jayalalithaa and the BJP.

BJP sources said that Advani was informed by the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister on Saturday night that her party representative will be present at the final rally of Advani's anti-corruption journey.

Jayalalithaa had offered to back the Congress in Parliament if the UPA parted ways with AIADMK rival DMK led by M Karunanidhi.

Advani yatra lip service: Congress

Dismissing L K Advani's criticism of UPA government on corruption, Congress on Sunday dubbed his yatra as a mere "lip service" and an attempt by him to remain "afloat" in his party.

"Merely taking out so-called anti-corruption yatra is nothing but lip service...this is nothing but grand preaching without a millimetre of practice," Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said, reacting to Advani's remarks at the conclusion of his yatra against corruption on Sunday.

Accusing the government of lacking political will to fight graft, Advani said the only route to end corruption is through public awakening or a change of government.

He also said "the fog around India's politics will not go automatically. It will go only by public awakening or by the change of government."

Singhvi said Advani cannot escape the "inconvenient truth" that concrete anti-corruption measures have been taken not by the BJP but the Congress.

He cited dual tax avoidance agreement, RTI, bill on judicial accountability and the proposed public procurement policy as measures to tackle corruption.

He described Advani's yatra as "nothing but an attempt by him to stay afloat and remain relevant in his own party and keep dreaming of his personal agenda and ambitions."

Singhvi also rejected Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley's attack on the Congress on the cash-for-vote scam.

"Till now the only evidence is against BJP MPs and not a shred of evidence is available against Congress," he said asking BJP not to prematurely become "self-congratulatory" as only the two former MPs' bail applications have been decided and case was yet to be determined.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Shukla attributed "political and personal agenda" behind Advani's yatra.

"There was definitely a political agenda and personal agenda behind this Jan Chetna Yatra and those who are aspiring to become Prime Minister, they had planned it and accordingly they went ahead with the yatra," he said.

On the issue of Indian blackmoney stashed in banks abroad, Shukla said it was ironical that NDA did nothing on the issue when it was in power and now they are "blaming this government which has done everything to unearth blackmoney."

Give up 'pipe dream' of becoming PM: CPI

As L K Advani's anti-corruption yatra came to an end, the CPI on Sunday asked the BJP leader to give up his "pipe dream" of becoming the Prime Minister as it claimed that an "alternative combine" will come to power after the 2014 general elections.

Party General Secretary A B Bardhan termed the month-long yatra as an "attempt to refurbish" Advani's image to stake a claim for the post of Prime Minister.

"Advaniji's yatra has reached Delhi. I wish he is back. During the course of his yatra, he has become an yatri himself. The yatra was an attempt to refurbish his image to stake claim for the prime minister's post. That pipe dream should be given up," he told reporters here while briefing them about the party's National Executive meet held on Saturday and Sunday.

Bardhan said a political alternative that the people of the country has been waiting for will take shape in the next two years and they would come to power in the next elections.

"Neither the UPA-II is going to come to power as UPA-III or the NDA is going to come. Of course, the country won't have a vacuum. An alternative will come up," he said.

To a question on CPI-M changing its political line, he said he has never heard of such thing. "What I know is that they have released an ideological document."


(JPN/Agencies)