Guwahati: BJP leader LK Advani on Thursday hit back at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for asking him to avoid using harsh words, saying he spoke up against the government only when his colleagues were arrested for upholding democracy.
“The prime minister says I use harsh words. I do not use harsh words, but only speak out against the government when my colleagues are arrested for upholding democracy and whistle blowers are sent to jail,” he told a public rally here as part of his Jan Chetna Yatra.
He was reacting to Singh’s remark on Wednesday that Advani’s attacks appeared ‘intemperate’ and the prime minister’s suggestion to him to “avoid harsh words” in his criticism.
Advani alleged, “This government is unfortunately weak.
All over the world the prime minister has the last word. But here in India the buck stops at 10 Janpath (UPA president Sonia Gandhi’s official residence) and not at 7 Race Course (PM’s official residence).”
He demanded a white paper on action the government has taken for bringing back black money stashed away in Swiss banks.
“Government only says that action is being taken. We have heard that the government has given a list to the Income Tax department to find out quietly about those possessing black
money. Why is it being done secretly ?” Advani said.
“I demand that the Government of India immediately come out with a white paper to say what action has been taken to bring back black money,” he said.