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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2960

A dozen Indian lawmakers figure in cash for questions scam

[b]A dozen Indian lawmakers figure in cash for questions scam [/b]

By M Rama Rao in New Delhi

[b]New Delhi, 13 December, ([/b] About half a dozen Indian lawmakers were caught on camera accepting bribes to put questions to the government in Parliament. This is an expose by a sting operation carried by a web site in collaboration with two TV news channels. It has shaken Indian parliament and party system as well prompting not only damage control but also putting in place correctives.

The worst sufferer in the scam is main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party, whose five law makers appear in the TV video footage that shows how the deals were stuck to serve the interests of non-existent companies. The ruling Congress also did not escape; one of its lawmaker’s figures in the scam.

Others caught in the sting operation code named Operation Duryodhana, were three parliamentarians of Bahujan Samaj party (BSP) and one of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD).

Website, Cobrapost, in collaboration with the television news channel Aaj Tak and Headlines Today from the India Today Group conducted the operation over a period of five-six months. It shows the targeted MPs accepting currency notes for raising questions on the floor of Parliament. The questions are designed to serve sectional interests.

The expose is a big blow to the BJP, which is targeting the Congress in the Volcker committee report on oil pay off scam.

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