Omar supports Congress on cash-for-vote scandal

Written by: Biswajeet Panda
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Srinagar, Mar 18: Embattled congress party has found support pouring in from Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Mar 18. Abdullah has said that he extended his party's support to the UPA Government during the July 2008 trust vote on his own.

However he opined that despite all this the allegations of bribe to MPs that have surfaced in the Wikileaks can be investigated into.

The Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister has tweeted, “I don"t believe that somebody of this stature...of the Prime Minister or Mrs (Sonia) Gandhi would ever sanction any sort of system of buying votes but what happened I think needs to be gone into."

Omar also recalled that contrary to media reports of Rahul Gandhi asking him to lend support for the trust vote, it was him who had extended the support. He said to the reporters, “I had conversations that I recall at least, with the Prime Minister at that time. I don"t specifically recall a conversation with Rahul (Gandhi) where he solicited the support of the National Conference..In fact I, if I remember correctly, I got in touch with Rahul and asked him how the process was going and if there was any way in which we could help because I am a firm believer that India needed to secure this deal to improve its energy position..."

He continued, “And my thoughts, what I believed, is what I stated in my speech in Parliament on 22nd July during that crucial vote...So I honestly don"t recall Rahul calling me or asking me for support..I do remember a couple of conversations with the Prime Minister during which I myself assured him that the National Conference is supportive of this bill of this nuclear deal and that we would be happy to vote along with the government."

Wonder what the opposition has to say on this.

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