The US embassy cable accessed by `The Hindu’ through WikiLeaks that the Congress party paid bribes to Members of Parliament to win the confidence vote in July 2008 is an additional confirmation of a well-known fact. The `cash for vote’ issue had erupted in the Lok Sabha on the day of the vote itself. But despite the trail of evidence, after an enquiry by a Parliamentary Committee, no action was taken.
The report sent by the US Charge d’Affaires should be the basis for the filing of a First Information Report and an investigation against Mr. Satish Sharma and Mr. Nachiketa Kapur.
The Congress leadership, including the Prime Minister, cannot escape their responsibility in this gross act of political malfeasance and bribery.