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Government not taking steps to curb black money from politics: Swaraj India



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Prashant Bhushan

New Delhi: The Swaraj India Party on Sunday accused the Narendra Modi government of not taking any concrete step to curb the black money from politics and accused it of misleading the people with its half-hearted attempts.”The government is misleading the public with its half-hearted attempts. But the truth is that the ongoing proceedings against black money have been guarded by the political parties,” Swaraj Abhiyan leader Prashant Bhushan said while addressing the ‘kale dhan par hallabol’ rally at Janatar Mantar here.

“Like UPA (United Progressive Alliance), the NDA (National Democratic Alliance) government has been equally insincere about addressing serious issues of black money.”Since successive governments and all major political parties have consistently defied Election Commission’s plea to follow standard accounting practices, there is no way the government can prevent political parties from functioning as conduits of converting demonetised currency into white money,” he alleged. Hitting out at Modi, Bhushan said: “I had written to Prime Minister in July 2014 suggesting him ways to curb black money, but no action was taken on it.”

“Instead of taking any action, existing laws and institutions that could prevent corruption and black money are being weakened and corrupt officials are being placed in key positions in anti-corruption organisations,” he said.

“Three years have passed since the Lokpal bill was passed and yet no Lokpal has been appointed,” Bhushan alleged.Swaraj India President Yogendra Yadav said that the black money is a ten-headed Ravana and cash is just one of its heads, with real estate, gold, benami property, p-notes and foreign investment accounts being the others. “By hitting the head of Ravana, you cannot kill it. To kill Ravana, we must strike at his navel and the navel of black money is political corruption.”


Transport strike in Delhi-NCR today against amended Motor Vehicles Act




New Delhi: Transport strike in Delhi-NCR: Transport unions across Delhi and National Capital Region are holding a day-long strike on Thursday to protest heavy penalties under the newly amended Motor Vehicles Act. The transport strike has also garnered support from ride-hailing services, auto-rickshaw unions, cluster buses and truckers. The transport strike call by these commercial operators is expected to cause a huge inconvenience to commuters.

United Front of Transport Associations (UFTA) general secretary Shyamlal Gola said over 50 transport associations and unions in Delhi-NCR were taking part in the strike.

Many schools in the national capital will be closed in view of the strike called by a transport body, comprising 41 associations and unions, against various provisions of the amended MV Act. Many parents received messages from their children’s schools informing them that educational institutes will be closed on Thursday. There are some schools that have asked parents to make travel arrangements for their children. School buses, autos, cabs, other taxis and buses will stay off the roads today. Parents and office-goers have to commute with their own vehicles or the Metro till 10 pm.

The federation leaders demanded withdrawal of the provisions of the amended Act, such as steeply hiked penalties and limiting the liability of insurer to Rs 5 lakh, among others. Sanjay Samrat, president of the Delhi Taxi Tourist Transporters Association, said they will not be part of the strike.

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