Parl: Wiki bomb bruises PM; Chidambaram tries to heal wounds

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New Delhi, Mar 23: It seems that the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is really facing a tough time over the recent WikiLeaks explosions. The whistle-blower WiKiLeaks exposed that UPA government had paid bribes to some MPs to buy votes for Indo-US nuclear deal in 2008.

Opposition parties, especially BJP has taken the full privilege of the cash-for-votes scam and did not leave a single opportunity to criticise the PM and the UPA government.

Today (Wednesday, Mar 23) BJP leader Sushma Swaraj, at first, hurled her criticism towards Manmohan Singh during the Parliament debate. Then Another BJP leader Arun Jaitley took the responsibility to continue the Wiki-missile pointing at the PM.

Mr Jaitley in Rajya Sabha claimed, "Money was paid to MPs to convert minority to majority." Continuing his allegations against the PM, Mr Jaitley also stated, "PM is evading the truth exposed by WikiLeaks."

However, defending the PM and the government, Union Home Minister P Chidambaram held the bat and questioned the Opposition by asking, "Can BJP verify the information exposed the WikiLeaks?"

Mr Chidambaram also stated that the sting operation, which was held by an well-known media organisation, was not "an independent journalistic act but a deliberate..."

Meanwhile, another Congress leader and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal raised voice defending the PM. Bansal, criticising Sushma Swaraj's allegations against the PM, said, "Sushma Swaraj gave her own interpretation of Parliamentary Committee report on Cash-for-Votes."

Previously, Manmohan Singh claimed that MPs were not bribed which was contrary to the report submitted by the Parliamentary probe committee report. The report showed that MPs were, indeed, paid bribes in 2008.

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