NEW DELHI: The Congress plans to target the government over the black money and corruption issues during the monsoon session of parliament 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 second half of the previous budget session too was a wash out over the corruption issue. The Congress stance came after a recent report said deposits of Indians in Swiss Banks grew by 50 percent last year. The government has said it was white money.
In a clear hint that the Congress will make it a big issue in the parliament session, party chief Rahul Gandhi reminded the PM how in 2014 he promised to bring back black money stashed in foreign banks but did nothing for the past four years. In the same breath, Rahul said the 2016 demonetisation aimed at curbing domestic black money too had failed to achieve its objective.
"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.
"When in opposition the prime minister painted a picture that the UPA was corrupt and its leaders had deposited money abroad. But the truth is now out," said RPN Singh, adding that various fugitives like Vijay Mallya, Nirav Modi, Jaitin Mehta and Mehul Choksi had robbed the public banks of Rs 70,000 crore and flew abroad, often in connivance with the government.
The Congress also slammed the centre over a sliding rupee saying the BJP would attack the UPA over the issue but now the Indian currency was performing poorly as the government had no clue of how to run the economy.