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Updated: March 18, 2011 02:45 IST

PM must explain, say Left parties

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TV grab shows CPI (M) leader Sitaram Yechury speaking in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday. Photo: PTI
TV grab shows CPI (M) leader Sitaram Yechury speaking in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday. Photo: PTI

The Left, along with three other parties, demanded on Thursday that the Manmohan Singh government come clean on the WikiLeaks exposé that suggested that Members of Parliament were bribed ahead of the 2008 trust vote.

The CPI said the Prime Minister and his government had no right to remain in power after this exposé.

Referring to the report in The Hindu, the leaders of these parties wondered why Dr. Singh was not present in Parliament, especially when the day was earmarked for questions for his office in the Rajya Sabha.

“The Prime Minister must come and explain. Today was his day in the Rajya Sabha and he chose not to be present,'' CPI(M) MP and Polit Bureau member Sitaram Yechury said at a press conference at the Parliament House attended by H.D. Deve Gowda (JD-S), D. Raja (CPI), Nama Nageswara Rao (TDP) and Shailender (SP).

The CPI (M) Polit Bureau too said The Hindu report based on the WikiLeaks cables was an additional confirmation of a well-known fact. While the “cash-for-votes'' issue had erupted in the Lok Sabha on the day of the vote itself, no action was taken after an enquiry by a Parliamentary Committee despite the trail of evidence.

It said the report sent by the U.S. Charge d'Affaires should be the basis for the filing of a First Information Report and an investigation against Satish Sharma and Nachiketa Kapur.

“The Congress leadership, including the Prime Minister, cannot escape their responsibility in this gross act of political malfeasance and bribery.''

Echoing similar views, the CPI Central Secretariat said the exposé showed the “venality” of the government. “The party feels that after an exposure of such dimensions, the Prime Minister and the UPA government have no right to remain in power.''

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Open Letter To PM Shriman Manmohan Singh: Dear Sir, I am a admirer of you since the days of your uplifting Indian economy under PM Rao.Entire world admired you for you foresight and millions of well paying jobs your efforts have created.I appeal to you stop the moral rot that is going on thanks to wiki leaks and you are the only one in India with moral courage and ask for all the illegally acquired moneys through looting of India to be refunded so that we can use the funds for building infrastructure and provide jobs to millions.Please threaten to resign and step down as Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru used to do and demand resignation of all corrupt politicians.You may loose your job so what atleast world will admire you as an Honest sincere person. A Frustated International Gandhian

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