Special Correspondent

BANGALORE: Bharatiya Janata Party national vice-president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Saturday alleged that the UPA and the Congress were trying to convert the Lok Sabha into a “stock exchange of political brokers” in their anxiety to save the government. Addressing journalists here, Mr. Naqvi charged the UPA and the Congress with resorting to “dirty politics” to get the support of other parties for the survival of the government.

“In the nineties, then Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao laid the foundation for suitcase politics and open-trading of MPs for the survival of the government. Now, the Prime Minister and the Congress president are working overtime to break his record.” Mr. Naqvi alleged that the UPA and the Congress are trying to “nuclear blackmail” the country by maintaining that it was not possible to handle the serious issues haunting the country such as price rise, terrorism, power shortage, agrarian crisis, Dalits and women’s problems without going ahead with the nuclear deal.

“The UPA is giving more importance to nuclear deal than other prominent issues. Is it not nuclear blackmailing?”

But, despite such political tricks, the UPA cannot win the trust vote and the elections to the Lok Sabha will be held this year itself, he said.

Mr. Naqvi had to face a barrage of questions on how he could defend the defections from other parties to the BJP in Karnataka if he was opposed to similar political developments at the Centre.