BJP’s new ‘evidence’ a work of fiction: Congress

August 4th, 2008 - 9:56 pm ICT by IANS  

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New Delhi, Aug 4 (IANS) The Congress Monday termed as a “work of fiction” what the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) presented as “fresh evidence” in the cash-for-vote allegation and said it was a “desperate attempt” to divert attention from the government’s trust vote victory. “We reject the new allegations as desperate antics of bad losers,” Congress spokesperson Jayanti Natarajan said here.

Reacting to the BJP’s “evidence” of the alleged bribing of MPs, she said: “The BJP is the king of stings. Its former national president (Bangaru Laxman) and one of the three MPs in the cash-for-vote controversy had figured in sting operations that prove the party’s faulty credentials.”

“The BJP has decided to boycott a TV channel (CNN-IBN) which claimed that it will telecast the sting operation conducted by it. Having failed in that (getting the channel to telecast the tapes), they have produced a work of fiction in desperate attempt to divert attention from the UPA’s victory,” Natarajan said.

Questioning the credibility of the TV channel’s sting operation on the alleged bribing episode and the conduct of three BJP MPs in question, the spokesperson said: “They need to answer to the nation why money was not handed over to police or a complaint was not lodged.

“How could these MPs manage to bring money inside parliament? If these MPs smuggled money in parliament with the approval of the BJP leadership, we feel that security of parliament stands compromised.”

Natarajan urged the Lok Sabha speaker to examine the security breach and sought stern action against the three MPs.

Condoling the victims of a stampede at the Naina Devi shrine in Himachal Pradesh Sunday, Natarajan said: “We request the Himachal Pradesh government to order a probe and find out reasons for stampede.”

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