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We are being paid to abstain: BJP MPs

We are being paid to abstain: BJP MPs
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First Published: Tue, Jul 22 2008. 05 12 PM IST
Updated: Tue, Jul 22 2008. 05 12 PM IST
New Delhi: In an unprecedented event, three members of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) brought bags full of currency notes on the floor of the Parliament, alleging that the ruling coalition government tried to bribe them.
The BJP members alleged that an Samajwadi Party (SP) leader promised three of them Rs3 crore each, of which Rs1 crore was paid in advance.
Leader of Opposition, L K Advani has demanded a probe into allegations by three BJP MPs that they were offered money to abstain during the UPA government’s trust vote.
Amidst a flutter, Deputy Speaker Charanjit Atwal has adjourned the House. The vote of confidence is expected to take place around 6pm (IST).
CPM general secretary Prakash Karat today said display of wads of notes totalling one crore rupees in the well of Lok Sabha allegedly offered to BJP MPs as bribe money was a “shameful day” in the country’s democracy.
Karat told reporters that there were reports of his allies being offered money to either abstain or support the government in the trust vote.
“The members belonging to the opposition in the Lok Sabha have been approached with money and inducements. They have spared the members of Left parties because they know they can’t buy our MPs,” said Karat.
“We have the time, date, records,” Karat said backing his claim of bribe money allegedly being offered to MPs to bail out the UPA government.
CPI also termed as shameful the alleged bribe offer to three BJP MPs, and said the incident highlighted the notorious role of money power in polity.
“It is very shameful. It is a naked display of money power which has brought unmeasureable disrespect to the democracy,” CPI national secretary D Raja said.
“This is what CPI and Left has been warning about the notorious role played by money power in our polity. It is a matter of concern for all political parties,” Raja said.
(with Agency inputs)
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First Published: Tue, Jul 22 2008. 05 12 PM IST
More Topics: Trust Vote | BJP | UPA | Bribe | Samajwadi Party |