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BSP terms Amar Singh's allegations as 'bundle of lies'
July 16, 2008 15:59 IST
The Bahujan Samaj Party on Wednesday rebutted allegations of the Samajwadi Party which claimed that one of its party's Parliamentarians was offered Rs 30 crore to vote against the United Progressive Alliance in its trial of strength in the Lok Sabha on July 22.
Terming Samajwadi Party General Secretary Amar Singh's charges that the BSP had offered the amount to the MP as baseless and a bundle of lies, Cabinet Minister Swami Prasad Maurya said the BSP did not believe in horse-trading.
"Singh, who had been termed 'dalal' by none other than UPA ally Lalu Prasad Yadav and also by the Leader of the Opposition (L K Advani), is infamous for horse-trading. BSP is a party of principle and follows the ideology of Dr B R Ambedkar and Kanshiram," Maurya said.
He said the SP MP in question, Akshay Pratap Singh alias Gopalji, had a criminal background and would have to face the consequences of his misdeeds.
Asked whether the state government would order a probe into Amar Singh's allegations, Maurya said everyone knew about the SP general secretary and 'his reality' but did not elaborate.
Maurya further criticised the last Samajwadi Party government, saying that it had catapulted itself to power by engineering defections from the ranks of BSP MLAs. Now, the SP had lost credibility among the people, he claimed.
Asked about PWD Minister Nasimuddin Siddiqui's meeting with jailed BSP MP Umakant Yadav, who was expelled from the party, Maurya said that Siddiqui met him as he was still a party MP.
Maurya, however, avoided media queries about reports on providing 'B class facilities' to jailed Member of Legislative Assembly Anand Sen Yadav, who is the son of party MP Mitrasen Yadav.
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