calls for war on graft
NEW DELHI (AFP)
- Indian politician Rahul Gandhi, widely seen as a
prime minister-in-waiting, yesterday demanded
“stringent” action against corruption amid a wave of
scandals that have jolted the country.
A series of graft scandals erupted last year,
including a massive telecoms licences scam that has
undermined Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as well as
allegations of widespread corruption related to the
“Stringent action against corruption is needed.
Punishment should be within six months, instead of
20 years,” Gandhi said in Aurangab in the western
state of Maharashtra, according to the Press Trust
“Corruption is a serious issue,” he said.
“We have to see that the symptoms do not spread.”
Rahul Gandhi also urged that billions of dollars in
untaxed private and business money, known in India
as “black money,” held in overseas bank accounts
should be brought back to the country.
“I think we should put as much efforts as possible
to ensure that what is Indian money, what is the
money of the poor people of India, comes back,” he
Gandhi has long been viewed as a premier-in-waiting,
and Prime Minister Singh hinted to reporters last
year that he could one day step down in favour of
the 40-year-old politician. He is the son of late
former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi and grandson of
assassinated premier Indira Gandhi.