Dismissing allegations by BJP that a Samajwadi Party leader had bribed its three MPs to abstain from voting in Parliament on the confidence motion, SP leader Amar Singh on Tuesday warned that he would slap a defamation case against the BJP leaders.
"I am warning the three BJP MPs. They will have to go to jail for defaming me. A case will be slapped against them," Singh told reporters in New Delhi.
Claiming that the BJP MPs had named him and senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel as the persons who handed over the bribe, Singh said there was no proof with the BJP to make such an allegation against him and that he was "not too naive" to fall into such a trap.
"When I or SP's representative went to their home to give them the money, why did not the three MPs inform the police or their top leaders immediately to get us arrested?" he said.
Singh said the allegations were a direct attack on Congress president Sonia Gandhi and SP leader Mulayam Singh Yadav and their secular policies.
Stating that he too could level a similar allegation against any BJP leader including Leader of the Opposition L K Advani, Singh said: "May I go to Parliament and claim that Advani had paid me Rs 10 crore as bribe and carry the cash to the House?"
Alleging that it was all a "conspiracy" by the BJP to "malign" him, Singh said the the saffron party had a "culture of bribing" MPs from other parties.