New Delhi: With BSP throwing its weight
behind UPA on the cut motion against the Finance Bill, JD(U)
on Tuesday accused the government of misusing CBI to rope in
parties in its favour on the issue and also sought an
explanation from SP and RJD for "singing a different tune".
"People ask me about the lack of unity between various
opposition parties, which was very much intact during the
budget. It was my initiative to bring along SP and RJD and
other parties to unite against rising sugar prices during the
"These parties should now be asked why they are singing a
different tune. They should have maintained the unity," JD(U)
chief Sharad Yadav told agency.
He alleged the Centre is misusing CBI to exert pressure
on opposition parties to garner support on the cut motion,
alluding to BSP`s decision to support the UPA.
"Abhi to yeh angdai hai, aagey aur ladai hai aur peechche
CBI hai (this is the beginning of the fight... but the CBI is
also behind). This sums up the entire scenario," Yadav
The JD(U) chief said that 13 non-NDA and non-UPA
parties had contacted him to support today`s general strike
against price rise.
"I had asked them to hold the strike on April 28, but it
seems these parties had already decided to hold the strike on
April 27 as they wanted to disrupt Parliament`s proceedings."
Earlier in the day BSP chief Mayawati announced from
Lucknow that her party (which has 21 MPs in Lok Sabha) would
support the Centre on the issue of cut motion.
SP was supposed to take a decision on its stand on the
cut motion, however, it did not convene its meeting over the
issue in the morning and senior party leaders sent out unclear
signals on it.
"We are all busy with the general strike today," SP chief
whip Shailendra Kumar said, while sidestepping a question on
the cut motion.
RJD leader Lalu Prasad, who was part of the opposition
MPs protesting against price rise, too was ambiguous on his
party`s strategy on the cut motion.
Asked whether his party has given whip to its members to
vote against the government, he shot back, "Whip is issued on
whom there is no faith on. How can we distrust our MPs? Now,
we are standing on the battlefield. It is to be seen what
we do or not do."