Jabalpur, Jul 28 (UNI) Samajwadi Party General Secretary Amar Singh's emissary Sanjeev Saxena had delivered Rs one crore to three BJP MPs as 'advance amount' for remaining absent during the crucial confidence vote in the Lok Sabha on July 22, former Union Minister and BJP MP from Mandla, Faggan Singh Kulaste alleged today.
''Mr Saxena and his accomplices came to Mr Ashok Argal's official residence at 4 Firoze Shah Road, New Delhi, with Rs one crore.
After we received the money, Mr Singh phoned us to confirm its receipt and assured to hand over the remaining Rs eight crore next day'', Mr Kulaste told mediapersons here.
He urged Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee to launch probe into the bribing of MPs for abstaining from Lok Sabha during the trust vote and take action against the accused.
''Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh and Congress leader Ahmed Patel offered BJP MPs Ashok Argal, Mahaveer Bhagora and me Rs three crore each to remain absent,'' he said.
After receiving Rs one crore from Sanjeev Saxena, senior BJP leaders were informed and at their instance, he said the currency notes were flaunted in the Lok Sabha to expose the UPA's corrupt methods to cling to power.
He said a complaint was lodged in this regard at the Speaker's office, which also received a CD of the sting operation.
''By this expose, we had proved that the Congress cannot purchase tribal MPs,'' he asserted.
About the Congress allegation that the currency flaunted in the Lok Sabha was issued from the State Bank of Indore's Bhopal branch, Mr Kulaste said the bank had already issued a denial saying, ''Not more than Rs 10 lakh was issued at a time from the bank in the past one month.'' UNI RG-KV SP SBC RK1600