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The Sting That Wasn't To Be

How BJP's hopes for a two-pronged attack on the bribery issue fell flat

The Sting That Wasn't To Be
The Sting That Wasn't To Be
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"The right thing for the channel (CNN-IBN) would have been to show it (the cash for votes tape) and let people draw their own conclusions."
 —L.K. Advani

That was the BJP’s prime ministerial hopeful a day after the UPA government won the vote of confidence. L.K Advani also maintained that had the sting operation tapes showing three BJP MPs being bribed to abstain from voting been telecast, the results of the trust vote might have been very different.

What is there in the five tapes submitted to Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee by CNN-IBN on July 23? According to sources, there are three key sequences:

  • Footage of SP MP Reoti Raman Singh declaring that the three BJP MPs—Ashok Argal, Mahavir Bhagora and Faggan Singh Kulaste—would be rewarded Rs 3 crore each in return for abstaining from voting.
  • The second sequence shows two men driving into Argal’s house in a Maruti Gypsy with "a bag full of money". There is a videograph of the serial number of the first and last note in each bundle...
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