Sonia makes rare intervention in debate on cash-for-vote scam

In a rare intervention, Congress President Sonia Gandhi sought to dismiss in the Lok Sabha BJP`s charge that the cash-for-vote scam was aimed at salvaging the Indo-US nuclear deal, besides saving the UPA-I government.

Last Updated: Mar 23, 2011, 22:27 PM IST

New Delhi: In a rare intervention, Congress
President Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday sought to dismiss in the Lok
Sabha BJP`s charge that the cash-for-vote scam was aimed at
salvaging the Indo-US nuclear deal, besides saving the UPA-I
government.

"They used to say the same about your government," Gandhi
told Yashwant Sinha (BJP) when he said that apart from the
government and its longevity, the Indo-US nuclear deal was
at stake at the time of the 2008 trust vote.

The one-line intervention by Gandhi, who is also UPA
Chairperson, came at a time when Sinha was going all out to
attack the government over the WikiLeaks expose.

Gandhi`s intervention was loudly cheered by the Treasury
benches with Congressmen thumping their desks.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Finance Minister Pranab
Mukherjee, who is also leader of the Lok Sabha, were present.
Sinha, however, said the response from Gandhi proved that
he was able to drive home his point.

PTI