Expelled BJP MP demands CBI inquiry into alleged bribe

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Malpe, Karnataka, July 24 (UNI) Expelled BJP Lok Sabha member from Udupi Ms Manorama Madhwaraj today urged that a probe should be held by the CBI on the allegation made against her by some BJP leaders on receiving money for abstaining from voting on trust vote on July 22.

Speaking to reporters at her residence here, she reiterated that as she was convinced that nuclear energy would be the only answer, after gas based plant, to ease the power shortage in the country,she took the decision to abstain from voting supporting the views of the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh.

Ms Madhwaraj said "I have not taken this decision on any monetary benefit. I did not receive money to abstain from voting in the confidence motion moved by the Prime Minister in the Parliament, and I am ready to swear at Dharmastala".

In a letter written to Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yadyurappa, copy of which were made available to the press here, she urged that the Chief Minister should recommend to the centre for holding CBI inquiry on the charges of receiving money made by some BJP leaders.

She said that as she could not directly write to the centre on her demand, she had followed the proper procedure and written to the Chief Minister.

Ms Madhwaraj said that during the session on trust vote, she had made clear her views on Indo-US nuclear deal with senior party leader H N Ananthkumar, who took it lightly. Even the earlier doubts she had in her mind on the Hydel Act was cleared after going through the letter circulated by Ram Jetmalani to every member of the House, she added.

Rejecting the demand by some party leaders who have demanded her resignation to MP post on the issue, she said that she would not resign until the CBI inquiry and its outcome. "Why I should resign for no of fault mine? she quipped.

Ms Madhwaraj opined that the Indo-US nuclear deal which was most beneficial to the country should have been supported by BJP even though the Left parties opposed which was 'their habit to oppose'.

France had been totally benefited by the use of nuclear energy and India should also be benefited, she added.

Referring to the police protection provide at her house after the incident of abstaining from voting, she said that she had not sought any protection but it was provided by the state government on its own.

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