Hyderabad: Asserting that the Congress-led UPA government had purchased MPs of Opposition parties to remain in office, the national BJP senior leader, Mr M Venkaiah Naidu, on Saturday said that Wikileaks had furnished more evidence to that effect.
Speaking to mediapersons here, Mr Venkaiah Naidu said that a recent expose by Wikileaks has vindicated his party’s stand that Opposition MPs were bribed to win vote of confidence by the previous UPA regime in 2008. He said the UPA government has lost moral authority to continue even for a minute as the disclosure by Wikileaks provided additional evidence in the cash-for-vote scam.
Charging the previous UPA government with luring 28 Opposition MPs with handsome bribes, Mr Naidu said that the Congress government at the Centre was not eligible to remain in office. Ridiculing the argument of the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, and other Central leaders that the present regime has nothing to do with the affairs of the previous government, the BJP leader asked the government as to why it was harassing the Gujarat Chief Minister, Mr Narendra Modi, the BJP senior leaders, Mr L K Advani and Mr Murli Manohar Joshi by implicating them in CBI cases even now. He said that they would raise this issue in Parliament.
Demanding immediate resignation of the Prime Minister, Mr Naidu said that it was clearly established that some Opposition parties and their MPs were lured and bribed. Referring to the Kishore Chandra Deo Committee constituted to probe the alleged cash-for-votes scam, Mr Naidu said the UPA regime did not bother to conduct a thorough probe into it for obvious reasons.
Mr Naidu demanded that the Centre introduce “Open Ballot System” in voting so that the attitude of party candidates would come out. He felt that the members who were elected on own party symbol resorting to vote for another party for “currency notes” was highly immoral. Under the circumstances, the Open Ballot System would be the right choice, he added.
The party senior leaders, Mr Bandaru Dattatreya, Mr N Indrasena Reddy, State party general secretaries, Mr N Ramchander Rao, Mr Achari, the party official spokesperson, Mr N V S S Prabhakar, were present. (NSS)