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Advani terms cash-for-votes scam the dirtiest scandal in history of independent India

October 31, 2011 - Mangalore

Asserting that the corruption has been taken to new levels in the country during the rule of Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) veteran Lal Krishna Advani on Monday termed the cash-for-votes scam the dirtiest scandal in the history of independent India.

Addressing a gathering here on the sidelines of his ongoing 'Jan Chetna Yatra, Advani said: "The corruption that has taken place during the rule of Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi never took place earlier. Cash-for-vote scam in particular is the dirtiest scandal in the history of Independent India. It (India) is a vibrant vigorous democracy and therefore we got the respect of the world."

"The whole world respects us. But all of a sudden, we witnessed a government that lost its majority and got reduced to minority because the Communist left them saying they do not support the Nuclear Treat pact with America," he added.

Advani further accused the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government of spending crores of rupees and indulging in fraudulent methods to win the majority so that nuclear pact with America sustains

"The President later asked them (UPA) to prove their majority. They gained majority by spending crores of rupees and cheating. People pay bribes secretly, but for the first time it was witnessed that those paying bribes were telling it to the whole world. An American diplomat was called and convinced that the nuclear pact will not get over," said Advani.

"Nineteen people were purchased and the UPA later took to fraudulent methods with their assistance. They (19 MPs) were asked not to vote for their own party, but to vote for the Congress," he added.

Advani also said the whistle blowers in the cash-for-vote-scam case should be hailed rather than being behind bars.

"Three of our (BJP) MPs were even approached. Among those three MPs, one was of Scheduled Tribe and the other two were of Scheduled Caste, they were offered Rs. three crores each. They (three MPs) approached us; our party leaders guided them on the issue and even informed a channel about it," said Advani.

"In America, Canada, Australia and America, there are laws known as whistle blowers protection laws. This law is being framed in country also, but this government put these two MPS behind bars," he added.

Advani further said he never wanted to do another yatra, but the cash for vote scam made him angry and forced him to undergo the ongoing 'Jan Chetna Yatra' to awaken the people of the country.

Commenting on the issue of black money, Advani pegged the black money stashed away in Swiss banks at Rs. 25 lakh crore.

The cash-for-votes scam had rocked proceedings in the Lok Sabha in 2008, when the ruling UPA Government, led by Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, allegedly bribed lawmakers of other parties to help wining the confidence vote.


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