Black money issue rocks Lok Sabha! SP & JD-U join TMC protest to corner govt; BJP says ready for discussion

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New Delhi, Nov 25: The issue of black money created uproar in Lok Sabha on the first working day of Winter session with Opposition asking the government to fulfil its promise of bringing it back from abroad.

According to reports, as soon as the House met for the day, Trinamool Congress members rushed to the Well holding black umbrellas with slogans like ‘bring back black money’ painted on them.

The Trinamool MPs charged the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA government with having sold itself to capitalists, as it has failed to repatriate black money stashed away in banks abroad.

TMC MP Sukhendu Sekhar Roy told a news agency: “Modi Government promised to bring back black money in 100 days, almost 200 days are over, and they must give an answer. We are protesting against the conspiracy hatched by this government against Bengal. This government has sold itself to the capitalists.”

Another party leader, Sudip Bandyopadhyay, also criticised the government for failing to retrieve black money after coming to power.

The Samajwadi Party and the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) also joined the protest as a show of solidarity among opposition parties on the issue of black money and to corner the government.

JD-U leader K C Tyagi said: “All nationalistic forces are uniting to get back black money. The Trinamool Congress and the JD (U) have already given a notice for the suspension of the Question Hour and discuss the black money issue. We are with TMC’s movement to get back black money.”

Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav lashed out at the Modi government and alleged that the Centre has used this issue as a conspiracy to deceive the people.

Mulayam told mediapersons outside Parliament: “It has been six months now, even we thought six months should be given to the government. How much black money has come back and how much is yet to come back?”

“This government has used the black money issue as a conspiracy,” the SP chief added.

Congress leader Madhusudan Mistry alleged that the Centre has in the last six months handed the broom to the people and made false promises.

Taking a dig at the Centre’s ‘Swacch Bharat Abhiyan’, he said: “What have they (BJP) done in 6 months? Handed the broom to people and made false promises.”

Mistry further said: “In hundred days nothing happened on bringing back the black money. Let them deposit 15 lakhs into our account. They made a lot of promises, but nothing happened. Earlier the people never used to believe us, now people are witnessing it.”

Facing opposition flak on the issue of black money, BJP sought to wriggle out of the situation by saying that it was ready for a discussion on it.

BJP leader and Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said: “The government is open for all discussions and does not pose any rigid attitude. We believe in running our parliamentary affairs in a subtle manner.”

He further said: “The ruling party and the opposition in Parliament should discuss all the country related issues. There are issues related to farmers, youth, labourers, and also that of country’s economic situation.”

The Narendra Modi-led NDA Government is aiming to introduce and take up 37 bills during the Winter Session of Parliament, but is likely to face stiff opposition over the Insurance Bill.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi , in his last “Mann ki Baat” address on All India Radio, had vowed to bring back “every penny of the poor man’s money” stashed abroad, and said it was “an article of faith” for him.

But the government claims to have run up against a maze of clauses in international agreements that make it tough to “retrieve black money”.

The Prime Minister’s Office has reportedly asked the revenue department to look for ways other than bilateral tax treaties to bring back funds stashed abroad.

(With Agency Inputs)

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