New Delhi (Agencies): The BJP-led NDA on Tuesday said it would direct its chief ministers and senior most leaders to declare to the government that they had no money stashed abroad. ‘No dilution in demand for JPC’
Pledging to set an example in the fight against black money, the opposition alliance also said that its leaders should detail their assets and tell the government that it can "seize any black money they have."
Senior NDA leaders held a press conference in the national capital to present the report of a task force appointed by BJP to look into the issue of Indian black money stashed abroad and ways of dealing with the issue.
"We liked (the report) and the NDA also said it is appropriate that all those holding political office, whether we are members of Parliament, whether we are leaders of political parties recognised by the Election Commission....".... or even Central office-bearers of the political parties, or MPs. We would like all of them to be obligated to tell the government that we have no money abroad," NDA Working chairperson L K Advani said.
The NDA leaders endorsed the suggestions of the report which targets corrupt politicians as well.
"There should be a general, not specifically against any persons, FIR against (those keeping black money abroad). It has been done in the case of terrorism in Punjab, in the North East... in Nagaland," Advani said.
He quoted a recent survey which claimed that the general perception among people about politicians is that around 60 per cent of them are corrupt.
Present on the occasion, Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal said, "A big issue has come up in the country... NDA chief ministers should first give in writing and announce their assets and tell the government that it can seize any black money they have."
Asked if he agreed with Akali Dal leader and whether Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa should also declare his assets, Advani replied in the affirmative, saying all BJP and NDA chief ministers should do so.
BJP-led NDA on Tuesday said it still stood by its demand for a JPC probe into three scams, including 2G spectrum allocation, and accused the UPA government of failing to give any "credible reason" to the opposition to drop its demand.
"We stand by our demand. It continues...there is no dilution," BJP Parliamentary Party Chairman L K Advani told reporters after a meeting of NDA leaders here.
Asked whether the opposition would continue to disrupt the proceedings of Parliament like it did during the Winter session, Advani said the strategy would be decided on the eve of the Budget session beginning February 21.
Advani said NDA leaders decided to continue the demand for a JPC probe in irregularities in Commonwealth Games project, 2G spectrum scam and the Adarsh housing scam ahead of an all-party meeting convened by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on February 8.
New Delhi (Agencies): The BJP-led NDA on Tuesday said it would direct its chief ministers and senior most leaders to declare to the government that they had no money stashed abroad.
‘No dilution in demand for JPC’