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Wikileaks: BJP Sends Breach of Privilege Notice to Lok Sabha Speaker Against PM Manmohan Singh

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New Delhi: In its bid to further corner the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has sent a breach of privilege notice to the Lok Sabha (lower house) speaker against Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for misleading the house during the 2008 trust vote.

Leader of opposition Sushma Swaraj today sent a breach of privilege notice to the speaker against the prime minister for his WikiLeaks statement. Swaraj also sent a notice demanding a discussion on the cash-for-votes issue under rule 193, which entails a discussion without voting.

Opposition Leader Sushma Swaraj speaking in Parliament (Photo: The Hindu)

The opposition is accusing the prime minister of misleading the house – in his statement on the WikiLeaks cables on the trust motion- in 2008. WikiLeaks cables have alluded that money changed hands to save the government after the Left withdrew support to the Government – on the Indo-US nuclear deal.

The two other Opposition leaders Yashwant Sinha and JDU president Sharad Yadav may also demand a discussion on the issue under rule 193 which does not entail voting.

As a counter move, Congress is also planning to give a notice of breach of privilege against Sushma Swaraj for allegedly defying Speaker Meira Kumar last week by trying to seek clarifications from the Prime Minister after his statement on the revelations made by WikiLeaks in the cash-for-vote scam.

Meanwhile, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has hit out at Prime minister Manmohan Singh for his remarks on the leaked India cables.

In an interview to NDTV, Assange said,” The comment I have been hearing from Prime Minister Singh, these, to me, seem like a deliberate attempt to mislead the public by suggesting that governments around the world do not accept the material and it is not verified, absolutely false.”

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