Congress not interested in bringing back black money: Modi

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March 31, 2014

BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Monday alleged that Congress was not interested in bringing back black money stashed in foreign banks as ‘it belonged to them’.

BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi addresses an election rally at Biswanath Charali in Sonitpur district of Assam on Monday.

March 31, 2014

BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Monday alleged that Congress was not interested in bringing back black money stashed in foreign banks as ‘it belonged to them’.

BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi addresses an election rally at Biswanath Charali in Sonitpur district of Assam on Monday.

“Why is Congress opposing the move to bring back the money? Because it belongs to them. They have been opposing it for the last ten years and they have no intention of bringing it back,” Mr Modi said during an election rally here.

“Everyone in the country has been urging the Congress government to bring back black money to India, but they are not taking any initiative though they have promised so in their manifesto,” he said.

“Now, in their 2014 manifesto they have mentioned that they will bring back the black money. They have been in power for the last ten years. What stopped them from bringing the money back till now?” he asked.

Alleging that the manifesto was a ‘cheat document’, he said, “It is the money of the poor that has been snatched.

Don’t you think that black money should be brought back?”

Claiming that the Congress had crossed all limits in corruption, atrocities and bad governance, Mr Modi said, “Even Rajiv Gandhi had said that if Re 1 is released from Delhi, it becomes 15 paise once it reaches the village level.”

Alleging that the party had no leader, policy or any intention to work for the country, he said, “It is time to bid farewell to Manmohan Singh, but still I want to ask him, he was elected from Assam, and what did he do for the North East?

“You did nothing and you have no concern for the region,” Mr Modi said.

Marines issue

Hitting back at Sonia Gandhi over her patriotism jibe, Mr Modi said in Itanagar that people of the country did not need a certificate from her and attacked her over the Italian marines issue, questioning at whose behest they were given a chance to leave the country.

Taking pot-shots at the Congress president, he referred to her remarks on Sunday that “some people were beating drums of patriotism” and said she should not raise a question mark on people’s love for their country.

Claiming that Ms. Gandhi had raised a question mark on the patriotism of the people, Mr. Modi asked her at whose direction the two Italian marines, accused of shooting Indian fishermen off Kerala coast, were allowed to leave the country.

“Who was it at whose behest the government in Delhi gave the marines a chance to go back to Italy?” Mr. Modi asked.

Had the Supreme Court not taken a strong stand on the matter, the marines would not have come back, he said.

The Italian marines had been permitted by the Supreme Court to leave the country to participate in Italy’s elections. However, when Italy refused to send the marines back, the Supreme Court restrained the Italian ambassador from leaving the country. Italy later relented and sent the marines back.

Ms. Gandhi had on Sunday attacked the BJP, saying that “some people are beating the drum of patriotism” and added that these people who did not believe in secular values only wanted to “grab power” by misleading the people.

Hitting out at the Congress further, Mr. Modi said that its manifesto was a “dhokhapatra” (cheatsheet) and that the party had in the last elections promised to bring inflation down in 100 days which had not happened.

Mr. Modi also raised the issue of the death of Arunachal Pradesh youth Nido Tania in Delhi, saying that he was pained by such incidents but the Congress president had not mentioned the incident when she visited the Northeast.


Courtesy: PTI