The Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday assured that the Modi-led government will bring the offenders in the black money issue before the people, assuring they will chase the illegal account holders until the last account gets identified.
While the matter paved way for issues in the winter parliament session for the last two days, Jaitley said the names will be disclosed. “The issue is not to disclose or not, but how and when to disclose the names,” he said.
Pointing out that the government want to follow the procedures while disclosing the names, he said, “Disclosure of names, without following the proper procedures, would only benefit the account holders.” However, he assured that “The names will be public.”
Meanwhile, Jaitley said that 250 account holders have admitted that they have illegal foreign investments. However, Communist Party of India (CPI) leader D Raja expressed his disappointment regarding Jaitley’s response and reportedly said, “We are not satisfied with the reply of the Finance Minister on the issue of black money. They had said that the people will be credited with certain amount within 100 days, but the government lacks political will regarding black money issue.”
The winter session parliament had adjourned due to the “hungama” created by the opposition parties regarding the black money issue on Tuesday where the Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Wednesday said that the issue would not be treated as a matter of national importance and will be allowed to discuss later.
The speaker had mentioned that the issue was going on for the last two years and due to the same reason the question hour won’t be suspended. However, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge had responded, “You cannot say the issue is old and two or three years old. If the PM promised to bring back money in 100 days and he has not it is an important issue. The government must respond.”
On Monday, there were protests in the parliament during the session where the opposition parties hold black umbrellas with slogans like ‘bring back black money’ painted on them. It included Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav as well as JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav. Also, extending the support to the protest, Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati had said, “The PM had said that he will get black MONEY back in 100 days and distribute that money to the less fortunate. It’s been over 100 days now.”
There are about 37 bills including Insurance Laws Amendment Bill and GST bills, for the consideration of the two Houses for the winter session. The winter session is likely to have 22 sittings and will continue till December 23.