Correct your response to WikiLeaks, Advani tells UPA

Expressing deep displeasure over India`s response to the WikiLeaks cables, veteran BJP leader L K Advani on Thursday said "even now, they (UPA) should correct themselves".

Last Updated: Apr 28, 2011, 20:36 PM IST

Bangalore: Expressing deep displeasure over
India`s response to the WikiLeaks cables, veteran BJP leader L
K Advani on Thursday said "even now, they (UPA) should correct
themselves".
Advani said every word of WikiLeaks founder`s statement
that appeared in yesterday`s newspapers is worth reading and
referred to the latter`s remarks that the Indian Government`s
response to the cables is one of the worst in the world.

He said when the Government lost its majority in 2008,
"everyone in the country, every Chief Minister, every
Minister, important office-bearer" was told to find out if
there are MPs who are purchasable and those who lost seats due
to delimitation of constituencies.

"We did see that the people were being bought", Advani said
at a function after inaugurating the party`s new office
building here.
He also said BJP gave a go-ahead to three of its MPs who
sought to try if attempts were made to poach them, and they
later "dumped" Rs one crore in Lok Sabha when confidence
motion was being tabled.

"What kind of country is this...where bribe giver is not a
criminal. The bribe shower is the criminal ?" the former
Deputy Prime Minister asked.

He said WikiLeaks also shown money being flaunted before
US officials to reassure them that nuclear deal would go
through and confidence vote would be won. "....in Independent
India, has there been such a shameful scandal as it has
happened in that case (bribing MPs to vote for confidence
vote)".

Noting that Assange has stated that India`s response to
WikiLeaks cables is "very, very bad" and "not acceptable", he
commented "...even now, they (UPA government) should
correct themselves". He did not elaborate on this comment.
Advani also said UPA had to accept the demand for a joint
committee to draft Lokpal bill after Anna Hazare`s fast. The
country`s reaction to scams that were coming to light was so
tremendous that if anything had happened to Hazare, the
government would not have survived.

"Therefore they (UPA) readily succumbed. Whatever he
(Hazare) wants, accept it; does not matter (that was the
approach of UPA)", he said. "Now, of course, he (Hazare) has
said that whatever Parliament will decide, he (Hazare) will
accept; that`s a good thing".

PTI