NDA MPs to declare they've no Swiss a/c

Gambit aimed at embarrassing UPA govt
Last Updated 20 November 2011, 20:30 IST

Making the announcement at the culmination of his Jan Chetana Yatra, BJP patriarch L K Advani said on Sunday called for the ouster of the Congress-led UPA government.

“The fog hanging over politics due to corruption of government will not vanish automatically.

It will go due to public awareness, pressure of people, and if not, then by change of regime and that situation has arisen,” Advani told a huge rally at the historic Ramlila Maidan in the national capital at the conclusion of his 40-day Yatra, Advani said. The BJP leader, who spoke from the saffron and green colour stage, where top BJP and NDA leaders as well as AIADMK supremo Jayalalitha’s emissary M Thambidurai were seated, showed no sign of fatigue after his 7,000-km long tour that criss-crossed the country.

Advani said the declaration would read: “I solemnly declare that I don’t have directly or indirectly any bank account or asset illegally held outside India.”

Enthused with the presence of 50,000-strong crowd at the Maidan that has in recent past become the favourite venue for anti-Congress protests, Advani, who was at his oratorial best said even though his yatra has ended but the fight against corruption will continue.

The 84-year-old leader, who toured 22 states and five Union Territories during his sixth Yatra said corruption is rampant because of lack of political will to fight graft.

“Today there is rampant corruption not because we don’t have strong anti-graft law, but because there is lack of political will to fight corruption,” Advani said. He also favoured a strong Lokpal bill and said he would ascertain the progress made by the parliamentary Standing Committee on the issue.

(Published 20 November 2011, 10:21 IST)

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