New Delhi: The BJP on Saturday felicitated its "whistleblowers" in the cash-for-vote scam to highlight the corruption issue and demanded that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi clarify their stand on the matter.
BJP President Nitin Gadkari and Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj felicitated Ashok Argal, Faggan Singh Kulaste and Mahavir Bhagora, along with L K Advani's former aide Sudheendra Kulkarni and party worker Suhail Hindustani.
They had acted as "whistleblowers" in the July 2008 cash-for-vote scam by participating in a sting operation in which bribe was allegedly offered to Argal, Kulaste and Bhagora, who were sitting MPs, to buy their support in the
Trust Vote.
Speaking at the programme, Gadkari said injustice had been done to these five people as they were incarcerated for days for no fault.
"The Delhi High Court has said that it could not find any prima facie evidence against them...These people were in jail even during Diwali...Why were they kept in jail? This is not somebody's fiefdom," Gadkari said.
He attacked the Prime Minister and the UPA chairperson on the cash-for-vote scam.
"19 MPs were bought and sold. Can such a Prime Minister be called honest? Can Sonia Gandhi clarify if this was done with her permission or not?" Gadkari asked.
Congress, however, challenged this contention with party spokesperson Rashid Alvi taunting the BJP saying, "The opposition party will welcome even B S Yeddyurappa who was in jail over corruption cases."
Asked to comment on BJP contention that they were whistleblowers, Alvi said, "The matter is pending with the court and the court will decide who is wrong and who is right."