Ahmed Patel, Amar Singh tried to bribe us: BJP MP

July 22nd, 2008 - 8:39 pm ICT by IANS  

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New Delhi, July 22 (IANS) Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Fagan Singh Kulaste Tuesday alleged that Ahmed Patel of the Congress party and Samajwadi Party general secretary Amar Singh were involved in trying to bribe him and two other BJP MPs to abstain from the trust vote in parliament. “We (Kulaste, Ashok Argal and Mahavir Bhagora) were told that a meeting was to be held at Le Meridien Hotel with Ahmed Patel last night (Monday night).

“Patel (political secretary to COngress president Sonia Gandhi) came to our house last night to ask us to abstain from voting. We told him that whatever has to be said should be said by Amar Singh. This morning we spoke to Amar Singh on phone. Ahmed Patel said ‘You have to abstain, we’ll give you Rs.1 crore as token money and the rest later.

“The money was to be given at 4, Ferozeshah Road. A man came and gave Rs.1 crore and openly said Amar Singh has sent it. The man made us talk to Amar Singh, who asked us, ‘Have you got the money. We will give the rest later’.”

Amar Singh, sharply rebutting the allegations, told media persons: “Din bhar janata aati hai. Din bhar taanta rahta hai. Koi saboot hai kya? (The whole day people keep coming to my house. There is a crowd the whole day. Is there any proof?”

“I am not such a fool to play my cards so openly,” he said

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