Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, Nov 9:
Senior BJP leader Dr Subramanian Swamytoday slammed the Naveen Patnaik government in Odisha for itsfailure to control the rampant cow trade in the state.
During his interaction with the newsmen at the State BJP office here this evening, the eminent economist said that India is at the top position in cow slaughter while the maximum number of cows are traded from Odisha through the West Bengal border to different countries. The state government must take immediate steps to curb the trading as it puts Hinduism at stake, he said.
“The State shall, in particular, take steps for preserving these animals and prohibiting the slaughter of cows,” Ddr Swamy quoted from the Directive Principles of State Policy contained in Article 48 of the Constitution.
On being asked about any probe the Modi government has thought of conducting on the mining scam in the state, Dr Swamy replied that Odisha activists should send all the documents to him relating to the case after which he would take necessary steps.
On black money stashed outside India, Dr Swamy said that the names of the one million account holders must be made public, adding that around Rs 120 lakh crore worth pf black money is illegally deposited in about 70 different countries around the world.
The BJP leader reiterated the commitment of the Union government to tracing black money and bringing it back to the country in one year’s time.
Replying to a question on the move to reunite the erstwhile Janata Parivar in New Delhi recently, Dr Swamy said BJP is the real Janata Parivar and formation of such an anti-BJP outfit posed no threat to the party led by Modi. The new anti-BJP outfit is against Hinduism, he added.
On the National Herald issue, Dr Swamy said Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi will go to jail very soon for a period of 18 month, if not 18 years for alleged cheating and misappropriation of funds in fraudulently acquiring the ownership of land and assets belonging tothe now-defunct daily newspaper.
“Sonia and Rahul Gandhi and others are accused of conspiring to cheat and misappropriate funds by just paying Rs 50 lakh through Young Indian Ltd (YI), a company that was incorporated in 2010 and which took over the ‘debt’ of Associated Journals Ltd (AJL), the publisher of National Herald. It obtained the right to recover Rs 90.25 crore which the AJL had owed to the Congress party,” he said.
A case has been registered against the accused under section 403 (dishonest misappropriation of property, 406 (criminal breach of trust) and 420 (cheating) read with section 120B (criminal conspiracy) of IPC, he added.