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Cash-for-vote the scandal of century: BJP

New Delhi: Describing the cash-for-vote scam as the ”scandal of the century”, the Bharatiya Janata Party Tuesday said that arrested Rajya Sabha member Amar Singh should reveal who was behind the attempt to bribe MPs ahead of the 2008 parliament trust vote.

“This was a scandal of the century which happened in parliament… the question arises who was the beneficiary of the action,” BJP leader Rajiv Pratp Rudy told reporters.

“Whosoever’s name comes, the beneficiary of cash-for-vote scam was the UPA (United Progressive Alliance) government,” he said. The UPA government had won the trust vote over the Indo-US civil nuclear deal.

“I think this is a very important aspect…how come nothing has been raised against the beneficiaries of the act? The way Amar Singh has been arrested and a charge sheet filed against him…it is time for Amar Singh to give clarification and say on whose behalf he acted.”

Amar Singh and two former BJP MPs were Tuesday arrested and sent to judicial custody for alleged involvement in the cash-for-votes scandal.

BJP general secretary Ravi Shankar Prasad, meanwhile, said the source of the money was a major issue.

“The CBI is not investigating where the money came from and who gave the money…these are issues on which CBI should focus,” Prasad said.

Party leader Balbir Punj accused Delhi Police for trapping the whistle blowers.

“I don’t have any faith in Delhi Police and this government. Delhi Police took three years, they only worked when the court forced them. Even a blind man will know that government is entrapping the whistleblower,” he said.

On July 22, 2008, three BJP MPs – Ashok Argal, Fagan Singh Kulaste and Mahavir Bhagora – waved wads of currency notes in the Lok Sabha ahead of a trust vote by the Manmohan Singh government, alleging they were given the money to vote in favour of the government.

The charge sheet alleged that during investigation “sufficient evidence” came on record that on the morning of July 22, 2008, Amar Singh “hatched a criminal conspiracy with his secretary Sanjeev Saxena to deliver cash of Rs.1 crore as illegal gratification.

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