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Blackmoney: Congress dares Arun Jaitley to disclose names

"Congress is not going to be blackmailed under any such threat....Congress party is above individuals," said Ajay Maken.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: October 22, 2014 5:14 pm
ajay-maken “Congress is not going to be blackmailed under any such threat….Congress party is above individuals,” said Ajay Maken. (Source: PTI)

Congress on Wednesday launched a blistering attack on Finance Minister Arun Jaitley over his remarks that disclosure of names of those holding illicit foreign accounts will embarrass the Opposition party and dared him to come out with full information instead of “half-truths” and “selective leakage”.

“Congress is not going to be blackmailed under any such threat….Congress party is above individuals. Stricter possible action should be taken against whoever is involved in it, but that should not be inspired by vindictiveness and it should also not be half-truth,” AICC Communication Department Chairman Ajay Maken told reporters here.

The issue of blackmoney has led to a war of words between the ruling BJP and Congress. The government recently told the Supreme Court that it cannot disclose the names of Swiss bank account holders, a stand the UPA had taken earlier.

As Congress accused the BJP government of “practising “hypocrisy” on the issue, Jaitely on Tuesday said, “The names (of black money account holders) will be public shortly… I can assure you there is no embarrassment I (BJP) will have when all the names are disclosed. There is some embarrassment the Congress party will have because of those names”.

Dismissing it, AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh accused Jaitley of “bluffing” while Youth Congress chief Rajiv Satav wondered what is stopping the Finance Minister from naming those people.

Reacting sharply to Jaitley’s remarks, Maken said, “There is no need to blackmail Congress. Whatever name they have, they should reveal and act as they have a government. They should not try to blackmail us.

“We also tell them not to limit the declaration of names only to 136 individuals. We want to tell the BJP and the Prime Minister that half truth is not the truth. They should not go for selective and vindictive leakages. They should come out with all the names.”

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    Antony Rudolf
    Oct 23, 2014 at 4:59 am
    Why so much reverence to thieves ?.
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      SR
      Oct 22, 2014 at 12:04 pm
      Away Maken may well avoid such rhetoric as daring BJP to release the list of names of those who have stashed their crores of unaccounted huge black money abroad. The common public of this country knows too well that it was only the Congress party which made tall talks of recovering those huge sums of black money from the Swiss banks WITHIN 100 DAYS and subsequently did nothing about it despite the Swiss Govt declared to hand over the list of the Indian depositors and also the money to the Indian Govt! And for obvious reasons, the UPA govt at the Center lead by the Congress party was reluctant to receive neither the list nor the money. As the Congress was well aware that its own leaders would be caught red-handed never preferred to approach the Swiss Govt in order to save its own corrupt top bosses in the party! On the other hand, BJP too will never do it for a different reason as doing so will expose the Ambanis, Tatas, Birlas etc. as these leaders are close to the party! BJP can earn moral credibility in politics if only BJP retrieves this black money from the Swiss banks! After all, every political party in the country is honest enough only to question the other parties when it comes to corruption, but evades the same embarring questions when it's own turn comes to answering others!
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        Ram
        Oct 22, 2014 at 1:02 pm
        Pressure tactics on BJP by Cong. The moment they spell out names, the foreign banks will opt NOT to cooperate further. Let us wait till the Govt publicises data through courts...
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          rks23
          Oct 22, 2014 at 12:04 pm
          funny!!!! both are scared ,only playing ball games... ball is now in ur court buddy.
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            Sak123
            Oct 22, 2014 at 11:22 am
            If the BJP cannot provide details of people who have black money stashed abroad then it should keep its mouth shut.
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