Discussion on cash-for-votes scam as important as Finance Bill: Jaitley

March 22nd, 2011 - 10:11 pm ICT by ANI  

Manmohan Singh New Delhi, Mar 22 (ANI): Slamming the Manmohan Singh-led UPA Government for refusing to discuss WikiLeaks expose on the cash-for-votes scam, Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Arun Jaitley, on Tuesday said that the discussion on the leaked cables was as important as the Finance Bill.

He also told a news channel that the UPA government had lost the confidence to govern the nation.

Jaitley further said that he did not understand why the government deferred the discussion on the issue.

His remarks came after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today staged a walkout from the Lok Sabha after the Chair disallowed a discussion on WikiLeaks ahead of the discussion on the Finance Bill.The BJP moved a privilege notice in the Lok Sabha against Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singhs 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.

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.

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.

The Prime Minister had told Parliament last week that no bribe was paid, while the Kishore Chandra Deo committee that looked into the issue had stated that bribe was paid. (ANI)

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