New Delhi: CPI(M) on Wednesday charged Congress
with buying many MPs to save its government in a trust vote in
July 2008 and demanded a wider probe into the matter.
"It was well known that in the last Lok Sabha, the
government tried to win over MPs and hundreds of crores of
rupees were spent to bribe them at that time," CPI(M) General
Secretary Prakash Karat alleged at a public meeting on
"The cash-for-vote scam is only one such case where three
MPs dumped the money on the floor of the House and a probe was
initiated. The real thing is that hundreds of crores of rupees
were spent by Congress to buy opposition MPs," he said.
Seeking a thorough probe into the matter, Karat said
"members of the opposition were bought over. We know how many
MPs were bribed. Each party could tell us at the time. We knew
all but only Amar Singh`s name came out. We know at who`s
behest he was acting. The Delhi Police cannot see this. Let
them ask all our parties - ask Telugu Desam, ask BJP, ask
JD(U), ask JD(S), ask us, ask the other parties."
Karat lamented that MPs were also taking money and
sought for steps to tackle this. "If MPs are taking money and
subverting democracy by defying their own party`s decision,
steps need to be taken. This has to be taken up and considered
seriously. There has to be an amendment in the Constitution to
Karat hoped the real people would be brought to book and
expressed happiness over the arrest of some people in the case
only after the Supreme Court intervened.