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‘Money Laundering Bill proves Cong believes in transparency’

“The complaint of money being transferred to foreign banks in Switzerland has been subject to investigations by top-notch agencies including the Directorate Revenue Intelligence (DRI),” said Congress candidate Pawan Kumar Bansal...

“The complaint of money being transferred to foreign banks in Switzerland has been subject to investigations by top-notch agencies including the Directorate Revenue Intelligence (DRI),” said Congress candidate Pawan Kumar Bansal,while reacting to the allegations made by Bharatiya Janata Party that an amount of ‘Rs 70,000 lakh crore’ has been stacked away in Swiss banks.

National president of the BJP youth wing,who was in the city on Wednesday,asked for the money lying in Swiss banks to be returned to India as was demanded by prime ministerial candidate L K Advani. Bansal sought clarification over the figure which he said was beyond the understanding of the people.

Addressing a press conference,Bansal said that the BJP leader should have his facts accurate and not mislead people into believing a figure that was more than the country’s GDP which is Rs 40 lakh crore.

Expressing curiosity,Bansal said he wanted to know whether the ‘said amount’ lay there during the BJP regime when Advani was the deputy PM or if he came to know of it now.

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He also said the Money Laundering Bill that had been piloted by him in both Houses of Parliament was ample proof that Congress believed in transparency.

Meanwhile,a number of leaders joined the Congress party fold at a function organised at Congress Bhawan in Sector 35.

These included the Sector-46 market welfare association president Balwinder Singh,who contested the last Municipal Corporation election from Chandigarh Vikas Manch. He has been the market president for the last 10 years and also the secretary of the Chandigarh Beopar Mandal (CBM).

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Vice-president Naresh Arora,chairman Tarsem Chand Bansal and treasurer M S Khan of the association also joined the Congress along with CBM secretary Charanjit Singh Narula and local industrialist Narinder Jindal.

‘Bring money in foreign banks to India’

National President of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM),Amit Thakar,while addressing a rally here on Wednesday said that crores of rupees lying in Swiss Banks should be brought to India immediately. This,he stated could be utilised to upgrade the facilities in the villages of the country. He added that though the issue had been raised three years ago by prime ministerial candidate L K Advani,no action has been taken yet. He also said that the BJP has promised a laptop to every student in its manifesto.

BJP candidate Satya Pal Jain said that during Congress rule,price rise has made it difficult for the common man to survive. Unemployment has increased and farmer suicides have been at an all-time high. The rally was also addressed by president of the state unit Kamla Sharma and general secretary Sanjay Tandon among others.

First published on: 16-04-2009 at 12:32:55 am
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