As if his allegation against Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi over his alleged British citizenship was not enough the maverick, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, has now targeted the most powerful minister in the Narendra Modi government – Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. He has targetted Jaitley on the prickly black money and inflation issues, saying the mechanism adopted for repatriating the illegal wealth stashed abroad will not serve the intended purpose.
“I have suggested in a letter to the government (about) six steps to bring back the black money stashed abroad. But the way adopted by Finance Minister will not bring back black money,” he said, in reply to a question, on whether he was satisfied with efforts made by the NDA government on the issue, as reported by PTI.
Retrieving the black money was a prominent poll plank by the BJP during its campaigning for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. When asked about inflation, Swamy said, if given charge he will bring it down within six months. “However, there is a finance minister,” he said, cryptically.
On the Centre’s additional affidavit in Supreme Court wherein it sought to backtrack some views it had conveyed in a case involving him, Swamy said, the issue was over now. “I had written a book ten years ago (and) it has not caused riots in the country. So after 10 years there was no point in filing of the first affidavit,” he said.
In its first affidavit, the Home Ministry had told the apex court that Swamy violated IPC provisions with his writing, and defended section 153A of IPC. However, in the subsequent affidavit filed yesterday, the ministry contended that the earlier affidavit is “in no way the conception” of the ministry regarding Swamy’s book, and that the book is the subject matter of legal challenge before trial courts.