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The editorial in the latest issue of the Organiser,titled “Congress haunted by Swiss bank money” writes:...

April 30, 2009 12:15:23 am

The editorial in the latest issue of the Organiser,titled “Congress haunted by Swiss bank money” writes: “The Congress has a poor sense of humour. Look at the paranoid response of the Congress to the NDA prime ministerial candidate L.K. Advani’s promise,if voted to power,to unearth the black money siphoned off in foreign tax havens within the first 100 days of his government. When Advani first raised the Swiss accounts theme the Congress fielded former Finance Minister P Chidambaram to ask purportedly intelligent but essentially irrelevant questions to hedge the issue. Chidambaram perhaps is the most clever [sic politician in the Congress Party. He tried to divert the issue by suggesting that his government was secretive about tracking the tax havens so that the thieves will never get wind of his holistic endeavour. When the BJP reminded him that for almost two years the UPA was sitting on valuable leads and that the UPA had advised the Indian ambassador in Germany to sit tight on the issue,he retreated leaving the field open to his junior colleague Jairam Ramesh to rubbish the BJP demand through calculated leaks in the media. He further tried to deliberately pooh-pooh the demand by attributing motives in making it an election plank”.

The editorial further adds: “By his logic no issue of larger national interest should be raised as an election issue. He was eloquently supported in this campaign of canard by Kapil Sibal and Veerappa Moily. But what is unexplained is the Congress hypersensitivity on the question of black money. It is protesting as if it is the culprit. It is defending as if it is being accused of holding the entire $1.75 trillion in foreign banks. (This amount is hotly disputed). By wide consensus the amount thus taken out of the country is somewhere between $1.25 trillion and $2 trillion”.

The editorial concludes: “One thing is clear. The Congress is caught in its own web. What is frightening the party is the massive response and hope the matter has evoked among the Indian voter. It has already become a poll issue. As Arun Shourie argued the other day,‘Stupefied by the string of endorsements across the country for the demand that the money looted from India must be brought back,the Congress has tied itself in knots.’ Thankfully,the party is not hiding it.”

Varun factor

A news item titled “In UP,BJP will improve on 2004” by one Subhash Singh from Lucknow observes: “Four parties are in the fray in Uttar Pradesh elections — Bahujan Samajwadi Party [sic,Samajwadi Party,Bharatiya Janata Party,and Congress but the fight is triangular with only the BSP,SP and BJP as the chief contenders. Congress is present only in eight seats including Amethi from where Rahul Gandhi is fighting the elections.

He adds: “In the last parliamentary elections,BJP was out of the race. SP and BSP were the main contenders. SP bagged 35 seats and BSP bagged 17 seats. BJP won only 10 seats. But the scenario has changed in this elections. BJP has an upper hand due to many reasons. BJP has a clear national agenda this time. The party has clearly stated that it will work for the overall interest of the Hindus whether it is the subject of Ram temple or Article 370. Two factors are helping the BJP in this elections. The first is the Varun Gandhi factor and the second is the confusion in Muslim voters. Due to his speech favouring the Hindu cause and the reckless reaction of so-called secular parties and the state government,Varun Gandhi has become a hero in the eyes of the Hindus. Varun was booked in four criminal cases and the state government has imposed [the National Security Act on him. Due to this draconian step by the state government against Varun Gandhi,he is being praised by the Hindus. This draconian step has become a big issue for the BJP. The party has waged a ‘war’ against the state government and the so-called secular political parties. Almost every leader of the BJP is speaking about Varun’s issue in election rallies”.

Compiled by Suman K Jha

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