L. K. Advani and His NDA Allies
L.K. Advani, the BJP leader, and his NDA allies, on the last day of the Jan Chetan Yatra, at the Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi, on Nov. 20, 2011.BJP Official Site

Bharatiya Janata Party leader and the former Indian Deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani declared Sunday that allied MPs in the National Democratic Alliance would submit statements asserting that they were not involved with money laundering rings.

Addressing a crowd at the Ramlila ground on the last day of his Jan Chetna Yatra, Advani announced that all 215 MPs were to submit the declaration to Meira Kumar, the speaker of the Lok Sabha, and Hamid Ansari, chairman of the Rajya Sabha, within a week of the commencement of the Parliament's winter session on Tuesday.

According to the 84-year-old leader, the statement will begin as follows: "I solemnly declare that I do not have directly or indirectly any bank account or asset illegally held outside India."

The announcement of the declaration comes after campaigns against corruption and "black money" in 22 states, five union territories and over approximately 7,600 km.

According to media reports, following the announcement, Advani turned to fellow leaders of the NDA, only to find the party's convener Sharad Yadav, the Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj and the Deputy BJP leader in the Rajya Sabha S.S. Ahluwalia, looking nonplussed and uncertain.

In addition, the president of the BJP, Nitin Gadkari, promised the crowd that the party would continue its struggle to reclaim black money deposited in foreign banks.

The 54-year-old politician then attacked the centre's United Progressive Alliance, claiming that the war between the two had only just started and he would not rest until the UPA were removed from power, in favor of his NDA.

The 38-day-long Yatra, targeted at "awakening India's masses against corruption and black money" ended on Sunday, at the Ramlila Ground in New Delhi.

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