BJP rubbishes charges of striking deal with Congress on N Bill

BJP today rubbished charges that it had entered a deal with Congress to provide support to the Civil Nuclear Bill in return for a "clean chit" by CBI to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in the Sohrabuddin case.

Last Updated: Aug 18, 2010, 18:32 PM IST

New Delhi: BJP today rubbished charges that
it had entered a deal with Congress to provide support to the
Civil Nuclear Bill in return for a "clean chit" by CBI to
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in the Sohrabuddin case.

"They have every right to talk about the deal because
they are masters in striking deals. They saved the government
in the Parliament. Who strikes the deal, this is known to
everyone. We have nothing to do with Congress. We are giving
issue-based support to the government," BJP leader M Venkaiah
Naidu told reporters here.

He was responding to charges by Left parties, RJD and SP
that the Congress had struck a deal with BJP to pass the Bill
in the ongoing parliament session. BJP`s support is crucial
for Government in the Rajya Sabha where it does not have a
majority.

Pointing out that BJP was giving an issue-based support
to the Bill, he said, "whatever concessions we had sought were
accepted by the government. When our demands were met, there
was no point in opposing the Bill. Cornering government and
seeking personal favours is not our style of working."
Meanwhile, Congress MP Rajiv Shukla also said that deal" was done for the clearance of the bill.

"All these political speculations are rubbish. There are
several bills which are supported by the Opposition. Mulayam
Singh and other parties also support some of them. This does
not mean that a deal is struck with them," he added.

PTI