The Union finance ministry has said there is no estimate of the total black money Indians have stashed abroad in reply to a Right to Information Act query.
The BJP had ratcheted up the black money debate before last year's general election and bringing back the illicit cash was an important campaign plank for the party that swept to power.
The RTI query on whether there was one estimate or separate estimates of different departments by former central information commissioner Shailesh Gandhi was sent to the PM's Office in December last year. The PMO sent the question to the finance ministry, whose reply was received on January 8. Gandhi said the one-liner read: "There is no such estimate."
In other words, this just validates what the sensible people have been saying all this time about the nautanki bakwaas - That it is just that… nautanki and bakwaas. Chalo, at least maane tou sahi.
And now you can go to YouTube and watch the videos of Modi, Ramdev, Kejri yapping up about figures (that keep changing) and how each household would get INR 1,500,000 - 2,000,000.
Dikhaawon pe mat jaao. Apni akal ladaao.