UDUPI (KARNATAKA): A day after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asserted that it was the “right time” to move decisively to curb corruption, BJP leader LK Advani on Monday said that his message of “enough is enough” seems to have gone across to the PM also.
“I thought the message in the theme song (‘Ab bas’) of Jan Chet na Yatra was intended for the public and to awaken them against corruption, but it seems to have reached Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also, as he has now started saying that ‘it is time to fight against corruption’,” Advani said while addressing a public rally here.
The BJP leader questioned why it took “all these years” for the prime minister to realise the need to fight corruption.
“Why did he not realise this all these years. It seems my message of enough is enough through the yatra theme song has finally reached him now.”
The BJP leader launched a scathing attack against the Prime Minister and Congress president Sonia Gandhi, charging them with running the “most corrupt” government so far in the history of the country. Advani said Singh had promised before the 2009 elections that if their government came to power they would act to bring back the nation’s black money from Swiss banks but claimed that nothing has been done so far.
“I would like to remind the prime minister of his promises made before elections. Not just 100 days, but 700 days have passed now and nothing has been done in this regard.
“We would demand in this winter session of Parliament that a white paper on the issue of black money stashed away in Swiss banks and foreign tax havens be presented and the government list out whether any steps have been taken or whether it has achieved any success so far on bringing back all the black money from abroad,” he said.
Addressing the concluding session of the Governors’ conference yesterday, Singh had said, “Our efforts for rapid progress and development can have their full impact only if we curb corruptionin public life and improve the processes of governance. I believe this is the right time to move decisively in this direction.”