CPI-M general secretary Prakash Karat said Tuesday was a “sad day for democracy” after the Manmohan Singh government won the trust vote hours after the BJP accused the Congress-Samajwadi Party alliance of offering MPs cash for abstention. Karat has led the Left’s tirade against the UPA government for over a month now, ever since the UPA-Left rift began.
Karat said the government’s win in the vote had come amid allegations of bribery, intimidation and horse-trading. Earlier in the day, the Left leader had charged the ruling alliance with indulging in horse-trading to win votes.
“What is happening is a shame for parliamentary democracy. In the last 48 hours, every MP of the Opposition has been approached with money or inducements to win votes. They have spared the Left because they know they can’t purchase us,” Karat had said after BJP MPs displayed bundles of currency notes and alleged they were bribed to abstain from voting.
D Raja, national secretary of the CPI, said money power had shown its ugly face in Parliament and proved that money was being used, minutes after the BJP had shown wads of money in the Lok Sabha and caused an uproar. “This is the world’s largest democracy and look how money power is playing a role to subvert democracy,” Raja said.
It was his party senior, general secretary AB Bardhan, who had made the first public allegation — that MPs were being offered Rs. 25 crore each to defect — at a rally in New Delhi on July 14.