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Updated: March 28, 2011 17:54 IST

Take cash-for-vote scam seriously: Jaitley

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Arun Jaitley
Arun Jaitley

Stating that phraseology like ’opportunistic’ was inconsistent with Bharatiya Janata Party’s views, senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley on Monday hoped the Congress would take WikiLeaks disclosures seriously on the ‘cash for vote’ issue.

“Any comment or use of phrase used by a US diplomat such as ‘opportunistic’ is completely inconsistent to views expressed by us. It is inconsistent to our phraseology or ideology. It is neither our view nor our ideology,” Mr. Jaitley told reporters here.

“In response to our Congress friends (accusation) that they are taking WikiLeaks so seriously, I hope that they take it equally seriously on the cash for vote,” he said.

Asked about his reaction to Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal slamming him for his remarks on Hindutva, he replied cryptically “Then they will probably have a lot more to answer.”

“I clarified two days ago that some of the views in reference to me, particularly in relation to denial of visa to Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi by the U.S. government is our strong position against terrorism and infiltration in the Northeast. We are strongly expressing nationalistic views and this has been our course of ideology from the beginning”, the leader of the opposition in Rajya Sabha said.

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