Show proof or apologise, Congress tells Bardhan

July 16th, 2008 - 9:00 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 16 (IANS) The Congress Wednesday asked Communist Party of India (CPI) general secretary A.B. Bardhan to apologise or produce evidence for his remarks that MPs were being offered Rs.250 million to vote for the government in parliament. “We call upon him to produce evidence or else tender an apology for bringing parliamentarians to slanderous disrepute,” party spokesperson Jayanthi Natarajan said.

Bardhan had Monday accused the government of indulging in “horse trading” to muster the numbers on its side for the July 22 trust vote.

Natarajan said Bardhan had made unwarranted allegations against the Lok Sabha MPs and brought parliament to disrepute.

“Bardhan owes to the nation to substantiate the serious allegations made by him and should come out with the name of MPs who allegedly received money and those (who were) allegedly offered,” said Natarajan.

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