What happened to PM Modi's promise of bringing back black money: Rahul Gandhi

Congress president Rahul Gandhi said that the prime minister says a 50-per cent jump in deposits by Indians is "white money" and that there is no "black money".

Published: 29th June 2018 09:03 PM  |   Last Updated: 30th June 2018 04:17 AM   |  A+A-

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi.| PTI

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: Congress plans to target the Central government over black money and corruption during the monsoon session of Parliament, which will run from July 18 to August 10. “Black money and corruption will be raised during the session. We will also take the issues to the streets,” Congress spokesperson RPN Singh said. The Congress announcement came after a recent report said deposits by Indians in Swiss banks grew by 50 per cent last year.

The government has said it was white money. Congress chief Rahul Gandhi reminded the Prime Minister on Friday that he had promised in 2014 to bring back black money stashed in foreign banks but done nothing in the past four years. “2014, HE said: I will bring back all the “BLACK” money in Swiss Banks & put 15 Lakhs in each Indian bank A/C.

2016, HE said: Demonetisation will cure India of “BLACK” money. 2018, HE says: 50% jump in Swiss Bank deposits by Indians, is “WHITE” money. No “BLACK” in Swiss Banks!,” Rahul tweeted. The Congress also slammed the Centre over the sliding rupee, saying it did not know how to run the economy.

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Money parked by Indians in Swiss banks rose over 50 per cent to CHF 1.01 billion (Rs 7,000 crore) in 2017, reversing a three-year downward trend amid India's clampdown on suspected black money stashed there.

The Congress also targeted the prime minister over his government's claims of putting a clampdown on back money and said Swiss bank deposits during the UPA had fallen and the same has risen by 50 per cent under the Modi government.

"Swiss Bank deposits fell during Dr. Manmohan Singh's time, only to rise to record levels under PM Modi. The current increase of 50.2 pc post demonetisation, is the maximum since 2004," the party said on its Twitter handle.

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"What happened to Prime Minister Modi's promise of eradicating corruption and bringing back black money?" asked Congress spokesperson RPN Singh.

He asked the BJP of its promise of bringing back Rs 80 lakh crore of black money stashed abroad and put Rs 15 lakh in every bank account, but the reality is that instead of Modiji depositing Rs 15 lakh in every bank account, the money parked by Indians in Swiss banks has risen over 50 per cent to Rs 7,000 crore in 2017.

According to the official annual data released by Swiss National Bank (SNB), the central banking authority of the Alpine nation, the total funds held by all foreign clients of Swiss banks rose about 3 per cent to CHF 1.46 trillion or about Rs 100 lakh crore in 2017.

The surge in Indian money held with Swiss banks comes as a surprise given India's continuing clampdown on suspected black money stashed abroad, including in banks of Switzerland that used to be known for their famed secrecy walls for years.

The Indian money in Swiss banks had fallen by 45 per cent in 2016, marking their biggest ever yearly plunge, to CHF 676 million (about Rs 4,500 crore) -- the lowest ever since the European nation began making the data public in 1987.

According to the SNB data, the total funds held by Indians directly with Swiss banks rose to 999 million Swiss franc (Rs 6,891 crore) in 2017, while the same held through fiduciaries or wealth managers increased to CHF 16.2 million (Rs 112 crore).

These figures stood at CHF 664.8 million and CHF 11 million, respectively, at the end of 2016.

(with PTI inputs)

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  • S Y Narayanan

    Yes the black money has indeed started streaming into the country. Do you not see the war smile on tge face pappu and the others Congress allies? Five(5) Lakh Crore is pumped back into country by Congrees to oust Modi Sarkar in 2019. Do you not see tge black coming back to country as promissed by Midi Ji ?
    8 months ago reply
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