Six SP MPs axed; Amar sees BJP-BSP collusion in bribery charge

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New Delhi, Jul 25 (UNI) The six rebel Samajwadi Party MPs today joined the ranks of Lok Sabha members of different parties expelled for defying the party whip during voting on the crucial July 22 confidence motion the UPA Government had brought in on the nuclear deal.

The six MPs--jail birds Atiq Ahmed and Afzal Ansari, and Raj Kumar Budholia, Jai Prakash Rawat, S P Singh Baghel and Munnawar Hassan, had voted against the Government while their party had issued whips for voting in favour of the trust motion.

SP general secretary and Rajya Sabha member Amar Singh told reporters here that parliamentary party leader Ram Gopal Yadav would meet Speaker Somnath Chatterjee tomorrow to hand over the list of the six rebel Lok Sabha members.

Earlier, 17 MPs from different parties were shown the door for cross-voting.

So far, 23 of the 28 MPs from rival camps have been divested of their party membership for violating the party whip.

To a poser on allegations by the BJP that he had given Rs one crore as advance to one its MPs to abstain during the Trust Vote, Mr Singh said the ''sting operation'' was a joint operation carried out by the BJP and BSP to defame the SP leadership.

Mr Singh said the BJP-SP collusion had been hinted at by Mr LK Advani last month at his Kanpur speech.

He said that all the charges levelled against his party's and his involvement in the alleged bribery offer were baseless.

Mr Singh said the BJP MPs were saying that they came to his place on the morning of July 22, but during the past few weeks, many people had been driving in and out of his house, which had become a public place these days. ''So cannot be held accountable if some Ashok Argal or any other chooses to step in.'' He said he would request the TV channel whch had claimed to have done a sting operation to make the tape public.

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