Opposition creating hysterical drama over WikiLeaks ‘cash for votes’ disclosure: Sharma

March 18th, 2011 - 10:05 pm ICT by ANI  

Bharatiya Janata Party New Delhi, Mar 18(ANI): Union Commerce Minister Anand Sharma on Friday defended the Central government and criticized the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for acting hysterically over the recent expose of classified US diplomatic cables by whistleblowing website WikiLeaks.

Interacting with mediapersons in New Delhi, Sharma said that the legitimacy of the cables can’t be authenticated by anyone, so the opposition should act more responsibly rather than demanding the government to quit over the issue.

“The mass hysteria and the theatrics of the opposition is without any precedent, unconfirmed, unverified diplomatic cables, selective leaks, the ownership is not taken by anybody, whether the sender or the receiver, how do you expect a responsible and mature democracy to respond to it?” Sharma said.

He further said that the BJP should first see it’s own involvements, which have a verifiable source involving former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

“BJP appears to be suffering from lack of direction, issues and a selective loss of memory, while they are jumping about the so called leaks not owned by anybody not verified by anybody, why don’t they reflect and talk about Strobe Talbott’s book,” Sharma said.

“Those are not leaks, there is an author, there is a former U.S Secretary of State writing about what the then government conveyed to them repeatedly to the then External Affairs Minister to the U.S government to the U.S scholars. Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the Prime Minister, Lal Krishna Advani was the Deputy Prime Minister,” he added.

The Minister said that India needed to handle the issue with maturity like the other countries across the globe when they were hit by the WikiLeaks exposure.

“I am given to understand that there have been thousands of pages of so called similar leaks giving subjective and fictional accounts which diplomats normally do and sometimes the media too therefore about other countries whether it was U.K, Russia, China, France we didn’t see a collective mass hysteria. Those countries acted with maturity and dignity and contemptuously dismissing them, so why these theatrics?” Sharma said

A set of India-related diplomatic cables on the Indo-US nuclear deal released by the WikiLeaks, claims that an aide of Congress leader Satish Sharma had told a US diplomat that the party had paid crores to several lawmakers to ensure that they voted for the deal in Parliament.

In a cable dated July 17, 2008 sent to the US State Department, Charge d’Affaires Steven White wrote about a conversation that the embassy’s political counsellor had with Rajya Sabha MP Satish Sharma. (ANI)

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