New Delhi: Having got one more opportunity to box the government into a corner on the issue of corruption, the BJP, Thursday went all out to attack the Prime Minister on the sensational WikiLeaks exposé.
Manmohan Singh government is facing the heat the wake of the revelations in leaked US diplomatic cables that payoffs had been made to MPs to ensure majority in confidence vote in 2008.
Published by a newspaper today, the cables quoted the political aide of Congress leader Satish Sharma as saying that a fund of Rs 50 crore had been formed to pay MPs for the confidence vote.
Addressing a press conference, NDA chairman LK Advani tore into the government on the issue and demanded answers.
He said that the PM and the govt has no normal right to continue and should quit.
“From stinking to suicides, there seems to be no end to scandals and the stink that accompanies this government,” he said.
“This is immorality of the govt. PM must quit immediately,” he added.
On Pranab Mukherjee’s assertion that the government cannot investigate the veracity of the leaked US cables as it involves matters related to the immunity accorded to the US diplomat mentioned in it, Advani said, “The finance minister says diplomatic immunity prevents the government from probing the cables. Immunity does not extend to protect an Indian who has committed an act of bribery in India.”
Earlier the day, the BJP as well as other parties created a ruckus in both houses of the Parliament demanding that the PM take responsibility and resign along with his government.
"It is conclusively clear that this government survived on the basis of a political sin," said BJP`s Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley at the start of the session.
"The government which survived on the strength of such a political or moral sin has no authority. We demand that this government must resign immediately," Jaitley said.
In the Lok Sabha, BJP leader Sushma Swaraj said the information in the cables was a big blot on Indian democracy.
"There is no bigger shamelessness than this...that people were showing war chests to outsiders," she said, adding that the government has lost the moral authority to be in power.