BJP accuses Govt of horse trading, taking tainted MPs support

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New Delhi, Jul 22 (UNI) BJP Deputy Leader in the Lok Sabha Vijay Kumar Malhotra today accused the Government of horse-trading and taking support of tainted MPs to win the trust vote.

''The biggest shame for this minority Government is that it is indulging in horse trading,'' Mr Malhotra said during the debate on the Confidence Motion in the Lower House.

His charge in this regard against the Prime Minister's Office and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi was objected to by a Congress member through a point of order, with Speaker Somnath Chatterjee stating that Mr Malhotra cannot make allegations against anybody without any Proof He also alleged that the Government had used the CBI to meet its political ends.

The BJP leader then accused Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of taking the support of tainted MPs with criminal antecedents to win the confidence vote.

''Has the Prime Minister not become tainted in the process,'' he asked.

At this, RJD's Ram Kirpal Yadav stood up to counter Mr Malhotra.

With vociferous protests from Congress and RJD members, the Speaker again intervened to reprimand Mr Malhotra that he cannot term anybody tainted as they as members were entitled to participate in the Lok Sabha proceedings and vote.

''Everybody himself is a jewel,'' Mr Chatterjee remarked.

As the shouting match continued between the treasury and the Opposition benches, an angry Speaker said he would put the Motion to vote if the House continued to behave in this manner.

All hell broke loose when RJD's Pappu Yadav said that Mr Malhotra, who was accusing the Prime Minister of taking the support of tainted MPs, had met him when he (Mr Yadav) was in jail.

''I never met him, I never met him,'' Mr Malhotra countered, amid bedlam.

As pandemonium continued, the Speaker adjourned the House for 15 minutes till 1215 hrs.


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