The BJP may consider the resignations of all its Lok Sabha members if other Opposition parties do the same, party leader LK Advani has said.
He also urged the broadcast of a purported sting operation on the attempts to buy MPs’ support.
Bruised after the stunning trust vote defeat, the BJP said it would use the cash-for-votes scandal to build up national outrage — and began with posters showing ruling coalition leaders wearing garlands of currency notes and the launch of countrywide tours.
Advani, the party’s prime ministerial candidate, said the impact would be similar to that of the Bofors scandal, in which unproven allegations of kickbacks helped dislodge the Rajiv Gandhi-led Congress government in 1989.
The entire Opposition had resigned from Parliament in 1989 to force the Rajiv Gandhi government to go for polls.
“The bribery of MPs to buy their loyalties will become a decisive poll agenda against the Congress and its allies,” said Advani, adding that other issues like price rise, farmers’ suicides and the failure to deal with terrorism and Naxalism would be main themes of the BJP poll campaign.
The party released posters showing PM Manmohan Singh, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and SP general secretary Amar Singh garlanded with currency notes.
Alongside, Advani and party president Rajnath Singh flagged off a youth contact campaign across the country. BJP leaders would travel across the country to create support for the party on the issue, they said.
Advani admitted, however, that the party was stunned over the highest number of eight MPs helping the government by voting in its favour or abstaining from the House. “It is a matter of pain … I am not going to defend it," he said.
Even as Advani demanded an immediate enquiry into the ‘cash-for-vote’ scam, he also questioned the ethics followed by CNN-IBN in not telecasting a sting it had done on the matter. “The right thing for the channel to have done was to show it and let the people draw their conclusion,” he said.
"After listening to the account given by our three MPs, the BJP is left with no doubt that, had the channel broadcast the tape, the Government would have been in the dock before the trust vote was taken."