Cash-for-vote: Who was to benefit, asks BJP

BJP on Friday asked the government to explain who was to benefit from the cash-for-vote scam in 2008 when UPA-I was about to fall.

New Delhi: BJP on Friday asked the government
to explain who was to benefit from the cash-for-vote scam in
2008 when UPA-I was about to fall and cast doubts on the
ongoing investigations into the case, saying that an attempt
was being made to hide the truth.
"The BJP would like to pose the basic question of who
was the beneficiary of the entire exercise which was conducted
in 2008, when the government was almost about to fall," party
spokesman Rajiv Pratap Rudy said while addressing media
persons here.

Rudy asked specifically whether the UPA government or
the UPA prime minister was a beneficiary of the cash-for-vote
scam, which happened during the 2008 vote of confidence to
save the Congress-led UPA regime.

Raising doubts over the investigations being carried out
into the scam, the BJP leader said though all investigations
normally lead to bringing out the truth, just the opposite is
being done in the cash-for-vote scam.

"While normally investigations are carried out to bring
out the truth, an attempt is being made here to hide the
truth in this case," he said.

Rudy said this was evident from the fact that even as
investigations are yet to be concluded in the scam, statements
are already being made about the non-involvement of Congress
or Samajwadi Party in the case.
"Even the Prime Minister had categorically stated that
they are not involved in any kind of illegal activity in this
vote of confidence in 2008," the BJP leader said.

Rudy said, two facts are evident from such statements
which explain the slackness in the investigations being
conducted into the case.

"The first being that Delhi Police has taken note of the
prime minister`s statement, which possibly reflects the
reluctance on its part to conduct the investigations into the
case. The second being that Delhi Police works under ministry
of Home affairs and directly reports to it and the Centre."

Rudy went on to allege, "This itself corroborates the
anguish of the highest court of the land and possibly gives
ample evidence why for two years the Delhi Police was keeping
quiet and only after an indictment by the Supreme Court they
worked in haste."

Seeking to pin down the government over the scam, Rudy
said money was used at a high level to save the UPA government
in July, 2008 and the government should answer questions posed
to it in this regard.

PTI

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