Unabated continues the CD war in the cash-for-votes scam, with the three UPA partners having now released one to substantiate the charge that the “entire drama had been stage managed by the BJP for political gains”.
Contents of the CD are not substantially different from the one released by Bharatiya Janashakti Party leader Uma Bharti some days back, even as the UPA leaders sought to drive home the point that the entire affair had been pre-planned by the BJP with purposes of making it an election issue. This CD has also been submitted to the office of the Lok Sabha speaker.
Sharing the dias with RJD chief Lalu Yadav and LJP President Ram Vilas Paswan, Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Mulayam Singh asserted that the CD released on Monday demolished charges of party general secretary Amar Singh’s involvement in the scam. Why was a forensic test of the currency notes not been done? Why did the MPs in question not take immediate action in having arrested Sanjeev Saxena — the man who had come to their house to deliver the cash? What explains the delay on the part of the BJP to inform the Lok Sabha speaker about the affair? What explains the presence of the chief ministers of BJP-ruled states during the period of the trust vote? These were among the questions put up by SP leaders at a press conference.
This is probably the first occasion in the last four years that the three political heavyweights have shared the same platform — a development that is indicative of new political realignments. Although both are UPA partners, the RJD and LJP have been rivals in Bihar. The splitting up of secular votes amongst them is considered as a major factor for the emergence of the JD (U)-BJP combine in the state. The show of solidarity put up today is indicative that RJD chief Lalu Prasad and LJP president Ram Vilas Paswan are now moving closer. The likelihood of a pre-poll alliance between the two parties for the coming parliamentary elections cannot be ruled out.
RJD chief Lalu Prasad demanded that the three BJP MPs be put to a narco-test in the presence of journalists and said that the “fascist forces could not escape their responsibility of the crime by taking the name of Amar Singh”.
Frustrated with their inability to bring down the UPA government, the BJP hatched a conspiracy for electoral gains. The parliament has been besmirched in mud because of this, he said. Faggan Singh Kulaste has admitted that BJP leader L.K. Advani was behind the conspiracy and that money was provided by senior party leader Arun Jaitely, Amar Singh charged.
About his association with Sanjeev Saxena — who worked as a courier in the entire affair — Singh said that the man worked in an office that was jointly being run by him and Shahid Siddiqui (the SP Rajya Sabha member who crossed over to the BSP before the trust vote). After Siddiqui’s decision to join the BSP, Saxena disassociated himself entirely from me, he added.
Meanwhile, the Parliamentary Committee examining the ‘cash-for-vote’ scam has begun its deliberations. The seven-member committee headed by V K Chandra Deo will record the evidence on August 7 of three BJP MPs. The committee is expected to submit its report August 11.