Govt using CBI to rope in support on Finance Bill: JD(U) chief

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 budget presentation.

"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 quipped.

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."