The Indian National Democratic Alliance (NDA) would bring back slush funds, estimated at $140 billion, stashed in foreign banks, within 100 days if voted to power, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L.K. Advani promised here on Friday. Addressing the media in the country's commercial capital, Mr. Advani said the BJP had set up a special task force to ascertain the entire gamut of issues of Indian slush funds hidden in foreign banks, including Swiss banks. "The four-member task force has already submitted its interim report. Not just the Swiss banks, there are around 70 tax havens worldwide which are used to stash slush monies," Mr. Advani said. Quoting the report, Mr. Advani said an estimated Rs.6.88 lakh crore (Rs.6.88 trillion/$140 billion) is lying abroad. He also called for a "national consensus" to bring back the huge amounts, said to be hidden in secret accounts in foreign shores, which could help the country's economy and security. This flight of capital from a developing country to developed countries had caused great damage to the nation's economy and security, according to Mr. Advani. "This has prompted us to go in such a forthright manner on this issue," Mr. Advani said. He said the US administration under President Barack Obama was planning legislation to target tax havens. Urging India not to remain a "mute spectator", Mr. Advani said India needed to come up with similar initiatives. "Figures not absurd" Mr. Advani said the figures given by his party were not absurd. "The government has not denied the existence of black money. The figures are not absurd as the government says. The dimension of the loot can be denied but the fact of the loot cannot be denied". Quoting the report, he said money to the tune of Rs 6.88 lakh crore from India and other developing countries was deposited in tax havens abroad in the last five years. "India should stop being a silent spectator to secret banking and tax havens. This (black money) is a matter in which Western countries have become active in the last few years," Mr. Advani said, adding "I set up the task force as the issue is linked with our security". He said the task force report would be sent to political parties and US President Mr. Barack Obama besides to France and Germany, the two countries vigorously pursuing the issue. Quoting international expert on slush funds Raymond Baker, Mr. Advani dwelt on the link between terror and national security. "My party has been highlighting how this issue has been handled by the UPA government," Mr. Advani said. "I felt unhappy when my raising the black money issue was mocked at. I have not picked the figures from Wikipedia but they are based on something substantial. Even the Swiss ambassador has said that a lot of money from India is coming to Swiss banks," the BJP leader said. He said, if voted to power, the NDA government would initiate vigorous action to bring back black money in secret Swiss accounts and other tax havens through a 100-day programme. Mr. Advani said the task force report would also be sent to G-20 countries. He also asked voters to "punish Congress which has no political will to fight corruption and crime money."