Irked by BJP’s lackluster response on the issue of black money, Ram Jethmalani exhorted the voters of Bihar to defeat Modi’s BJP in the upcoming state election.
By Rakesh Raman
Rajya Sabha member Ram Jethmalani said Sunday “he had become a victim of fraud by playing into the hands of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Arun Jaitley.” He regretted his decision of supporting Modi in the Lok Sabha election of 2014.
Jethmalani was particularly upset with Modi’s false promises to bring back black money stashed away abroad by some corrupt Indians. He was in Patna to support the cause of army personnel’s demand for “One Rank One Pension.”
Jethmalani blamed the Congress-led UPA and Modi government for their failure to recover black money from foreign tax havens.
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Jethmalani also revealed that as per a BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) task force committee, black money worth $1,500 billion USD (or Rs. 90 lakh crore) is lying in tax havens.
He lamented that the Modi-led BJP government including the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley – despite their promises – failed to bring back even a single dollar.
Irked by BJP’s lackluster response on the issue of black money, Jethmalani exhorted the voters of Bihar to defeat Modi’s BJP in the upcoming state election.
Modi and his political party BJP had allured the Indian voters before the Lok Sabha election of 2014 saying they will recover the black money stashed away abroad by a slew of Indian crooks and distribute it among all citizens of India.
The BJP had estimated that Rs. 15 lakh will be the share of every Indian if all the unaccounted money is brought back from the foreign coffers.
This is a huge amount for a local Indian considering the fact that 400 million people in the Indian population of 1.25 billion are so poor that they live below $1.25 per day.
But Modi – known for making false promises – hoodwinked the Indian voters once again and is doing nothing to recover black money and he also has failed to check mounting corruption in the country.
Bihar Assembly elections 2015 will be held in five phases on Oct. 12, Oct. 16, Oct. 28, Nov. 1 and Nov. 5. The counting of votes will be held on Nov. 8. The 243-member Bihar Assembly comes to an end on Nov 29.
Meanwhile, Bihar Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) have analyzed the self-sworn affidavits of all 583 candidates who are contesting in the first phase of Bihar assembly election, 2015.
According to their analysis, 130 (22%) candidates have declared serious criminal cases including cases related to murder, attempt to murder, communal disharmony, kidnapping, crimes against women, etc.
As different political parties are trying to buy votes by bribing the voters in Bihar, it is estimated that a whopping Rs. 30,000 crore of ill-gotten or black money will be spent by the candidates to win the election by deceit.
According to the election department of Bihar, the political candidates are using money as well as illicit liquor to wrongfully influence the voters.
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Photo courtesy: Ram Jethmalani