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Declare Indian Swiss account holders: Gadkari

Bhubaneswar: BJP today asked the Centre to immediately declare names of the Indians who had stashed black money in Swiss Banks.

"UPA Government should, without any hesitation, make public names of all those who have stashed black money in Swiss Bank accounts," BJP President, Nitin Gadkari told reporters here.

Claiming that about Rs 21 lakh thousand crore had been deposited in Swiss banks, Gadkari said instead of trying to suppress fact, the government should publicise the names particularly after WeakiLeaks report on the matter.

"Any reluctance in declaring the names of Swiss bank account holders will simply raise doubts about the integrity of people at the helm," he said.

Asked if names of BJP leaders may appear in the list, Gadkari said action must be taken without any consideration.

Claiming to have Swiss Bank account numbers of three persons in the Bofors pay-off case, the BJP chief said a lot of information including alleged transfer of money to Italian businessman Ottavio Quattrocchi`s account came to light after Income Tax Appellate Tribunal order.

Accusing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of failing miserably on economic front due to wrong policies, Gadkari said UPA Government failed to control sky-rocketign prices of essential commodities, while repeated hikes in petro products placed unbearale burden on the poor and hit progress.

Similarly, 2G spectrum scam, CWG loot, Adarsh society scandal any many other frauds had exposed the alleged nexus between the political brass of the ruling alliance and their co-conspirators, he said.

The BJP President also described as "unfortunate" the affidavit submitted by the Centre in the Supreme Court defending the appointment of controversial CVC P J Thomas facing a corruption case in a Kerala court.

Stating that the Leader of the Opposition, Sushma Swaraj had opposed Thomas` appointment, he wondered if Centre felt there was no need for consensus of the three-member committee on CVC`s appointment, for what purpose the panel was formed. .

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