Lalu, Mulayam blame congress of secret deal with BJP for Nuke Bill

Published: Wednesday, August 18, 2010, 22:22 [IST]

New Delhi, Aug 18 (ANI): The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and Samajwadi Party (SP) leaders accused Congress here on Wednesday for striking a deal with the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on support for the Civil Nuclear Bill.

They charged the Congress party of availing BJP's support in lieu of giving a clean chit to Narendra Modi, Chief Minister of Gujarat and his alleged role in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case.

Member of Parliament and Samajwadi Party (SP) chief, Mulayam Singh Yadav said the BJP used the nuclear liability bill to bail out Narendra Modi and both the parties had struck a 'deal' over another deal.

"The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress had a deal that you (BJP) give recommendation on my (Congress party's) nuclear deal. They had a deal over deal. A nuclear deal is going on with America and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress party had a deal among themselves that we (Congress) are not going to disturb you (BJP) with the CBI and you (BJP) just support us (Congress) on the nuclear deal," said Mulayam Singh Yadav.

"BJP has accepted the deal that we (it) will give our (its) complete support to the nuclear deal on the condition to spare its Chief Minister and other ministers (to mean Narendra Modi Chief Minister of Gujarat and his former Home Minister Amit Shah)," he added.

Member of Parliament and Chief of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) Lalu Prasad accused the Congress of silencing regional parties and reaching an understanding with the BJP on the nuclear bill by using CBI as a blackmailing tool.

Prasad flashed a newspaper report today in Lok Sabha quoting an official of the CBI, as saying there is no evidence found against Narendra Modi in the encounter case.

"The deal has taken place for the nuclear liability bill, further I won't talk about price rise but release of Narendra Modi. Today's Times of India states that 'No evidence against Narendra Modi in Sohrabuddin fake encounter, says CBI official'. It is in today's Times of India, that's why I have raised this issue on the floor of the house in the parliament and will further raise it. It's not a tiny issue," said Lalu Prasad.

He termed the suspected deal between the Congress and the BJP as unfair and unacceptable.

"It is injustice, unfair and we are not going to accept this and will further spread this issue throughout the nation," added Lalu Prasad.

Another leader of RJD, Ram Kraal Yadav reacted on the issue by raising slogans outside the Parliament House.

The nuclear liability bill was tabled in the Lok Sabha by the government in March 2010. (ANI)

 

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