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Days after Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said revealing the names of holders of accounts with illicit money could embarrass the Congress, the party said Monday if the name of any Congress leader is in the list, he or she would deal with it.
The Congress also asked the BJP government to refrain from “press sensationalism and political titillation”. “This is not an occasion for press sensationalism by the government or for political titillation by talking of names to the media. They are the government, they control the ministries and departments. It is now almost a week since we said whatever you want to state or reveal, do it.
Don’t titillate, don’t sensationalise, and don’t play games,” Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said.
Replying to questions about the possibility of Congress leaders’ names figuring in the list, Singhvi said, “If there is a name, the individual concerned will deal with it. The larger question is different. Where are the 55,000 names promised by Baba Ramdev and where are the lakhs and crores of money projected by them?”
AAP take: Stop being selective and reveal full list
The Aam Aadmi Party on Monday demanded that the government disclose the names of all those who have parked illicit funds abroad and accused the BJP-led government of adopting a “selective approach” on the issue.
“We demand that the government disclose all names, complete the probe in a time-bound manner and take uniform action against those who are guilty. According to our information, action is being taken against those on the list selectively. Whereas stringent actions like tax raids and prosecution are being taken against some, the powerful ones are being let off,” AAP chief and former Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said.
He said that the full list of those with black money in foreign banks should be made public. Producing the statements of three persons who allegedly admitted to having money stashed abroad during the income tax investigation, Kejriwal, flanked by AAP leaders Prashant Bhushan and Manish Sisodia, said that these statements show how easy it is to open a foreign bank account with “illicit money”.