RLD rubbishes WikiLeaks claim on MPs being bribed in 2008

Last Updated: Thursday, March 17, 2011 - 15:48

New Delhi: Dubbing as "utterly baseless"
the latest WikiLeaks claim of MPs being bribed ahead of the crucial 2008 trust vote, RLD chief Ajit Singh Thursday said his party had "openly" voted against the UPA at that time.
"We had opposed the (Indo-US) nuclear deal and after
talking to MPs from Opposition parties we had decided to vote
against the government," Singh said.

He said RLD had made is position clear days before the
trust vote.
The former Union minister said as against the claims
made in the US cables on the trust vote, his party had three
MPs in 2008 and not four. "Somebody said something and they
transmitted it without confirming...it is utterly baseless,"
Singh said.

The RLD leader said he was open to any probe into the
entire issue.

A set of US diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks
has said that an aide of Congress leader Satish Sharma
allegedly showed a US Embassy employee "two chests containing
cash" and said Rs 50-60 crore is ready for use as "pay-offs"
to win the support of some MPs ahead of crucial vote of
confidence in UPA government over the Indo-US nuke deal.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, March 17, 2011 - 15:48

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