Congress using money, power to save its Government: alleges BJP

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New Delhi, Jul 17 (UNI) Apperently looking nervous ahead of the July 22 trial of strength, the Congress was using all unethical means, including money and state power to win over MPs of smaller parties and Independents, the BJP alleged today.

Addressing newspersons, former BJP president M Venkaiah Naidu said the Congress was indulging in all unethical methods, offering big money and using government machinery to get the support of the MPs to save the four-year-old Manmohan Singh Government.

Mr Naidu referred to Congress general secretry Rahul Gandhi's statement that the Indo-US nuclear deal was more in the national interest than the government. He quoted from speeches made in Parliament on the issue in which the Government, including the Prime Minister, had been quite defensive and had put the deal on the backburner.

Now that the Left Parties had left them and the UPA Government was uncertain about its number making such statements that the Indo-US civil nuclear deal would not be sacrificed to save the government, he said.

Mr Naidu said the BJP was sure that the Manmohan Singh would fall on July 22 and the vote would not only be on the nuclear deal but over the four-year performance of the government which had been dismal on all fronts, be it price rise, inflation, farmer's plight, internal security and external policy.

He said the Government had also failed to observe a "coalition Dharma". This was the reason that some constituents broke away from the coalition, he said, naming TRS and now the Left parties, including CPM, CPI and others. On the other hand, the NDA headed by Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee remained united till the NDA remained in power, he claimed.

Asserting that the Manmohan singh Government had lost all its credibility, Mr Naidu said many groups left the UPA because of the Prime Minister's indifference to the Common Minimum Programme and the promises given to them.

Clarifying that the BJP was not thinking of forming a government in the event the UPA fell, he said the party would like to go to the people to answer UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi's remark that those opposing the Nuclear Deal were "enemies of the nation and development".

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