Bribe drama of BJP is nothing but political terrorism : Congress

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New Delhi, Jul 23 (UNI) Dismissing as "fake" and "stage-managed" the ''vote-for-money" incident in the Lok Sabha, the Congress today said it had exposed the "political terrorism" indulged in by the BJP in the "temple of democracy." "By bringing currency notes secretly and surreptitiously into the Lok Sabha, the BJP has polluted the temple of democracy and indulged in the worst form of political terrorism calculated to destroy faith in Parliament," AICC Spokesman Jayanthi Natarajan told mediapersons.

She was reacting to yesterday's incident in the Lok Sabha ahead of the trust vote when three BJP MPs stacked on the table wads of currency notes of Rs 1000 denomination totalling Rs one crore allegedly paid to them for voting with the government in the confidence motion.

In this context, she alleged that the BJP had committed 'communal terrorism' in 1991 when it demolished the Babri Masjid in Ayodya and 'grievously damaged the secular fabric of the country." Saying the BJP had never been graceful in defeat, Ms Natarajan said "yesterday's incident is the worst manifestation of dirty tricks of the BJP when confronted with defeat.

On the reports that the BJP did not have its heart in defeating the trust vote, she said it was nothing but a canard.

" Nothing could be farther from truth that the BJP strained its every nerve and used every dirty trick in the book to pull down the government. But they failed," she said Thus, Mr L K Advani's Prime Ministerial dream has evaporated and all the myth about the strength and the unity of the BJP exposed.

She said the Lok Sabha had given clear mandate in favour of the Prime Minister and his government and to take forward the Indo-US Nuclear deal.

"We will now go forward with the new energy to tackle the issues of the aam aadmi, particularly poverty, unemployment and farmers' issues. We will also go forward with renewed energy in taking the nuclear deal to its logical conclusion." On the BJP's allegation of horse trading to ensure the survival of the government, Ms Natarajan said "this was absolutely false.

There is not a shred of evidence to prove this." Asked if the government would have won the trust vote without cross voting and abstentions, she said the fact was that they voted as they had trust in government.

On the decision of the UNPA to organise agitational programme on five issues against the government, she said "UNPA is a misguided missile. It is a wrong vehicle to take any message anywhere.

To a question, she also denied the involvement of Mr Ahmed Patel, Political Secretary to Congress President Sonia Gandhi, in the "vote-for-money" scam.

Earlier, the top leaders of the Congress Party, AICC office bearers and Union Ministers visited Ms Gandhi's official residence at 10 Janpath and congratulated her and Prime Minister for winning the trust vote. Party workers UNI SH AKJ RN1851

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