BJP moves privilege notice against PM in cash-for-vote scam

March 22nd, 2011 - 2:19 pm ICT by ANI  

Bharatiya Janata Party New Delhi, Mar. 22 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday moved a privilege notice in the Lok Sabha against Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh’s response to the WikiLeaks cables that suggested that the Congress had bribed lawmakers to win a confidence motion in 2008.

Maintaining that the Prime Minister had “misled” Parliament on the cash-for-vote episode, the BJP said it was absolutely justified in taking this action as per parliamentary practices.

Earlier in the day, proceedings in Parliament were brought to a complete standstill, with members of the treasury and the opposition trading verbal charges over the issue of moving a privilege motion against the Prime Minister.

Dr. Singh had claimed last week that Members of Parliament were not bribed during the July 2008 trust vote even though the Parliamentary probe committee said that money was paid.

On Tuesday, the Upper House of Parliament was adjourned till 2 p.m. following the vociferous trading of charges between the treasury and opposition benches.

The Congress led UPA had earlier said it would move a privilege motion against Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj, for trying to seek a clarification from the Prime Minister on the issue of cash for votes in spite of the Speaker Meira Kumar not allowing her to do so.

BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain said the Congress plan to move a privilege notice against Swaraj showed that it was scared.

Hussian told that BJP-led NDA would also demand a discussion in the Lok Sabha under Rule 193 (which does not entail voting).

“Sushma Swaraj and Yashwant Sinha from the BJP and Sharad Yadav from JD(U) will demand discussion under Rule 193. If the government wants Lok Sabha to run, it would agree as soon as the House meets for the day,” Hussain said. (ANI)

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