Govt Saving Modi To Ensure N-Bill Passage, Allege Lalu, Mulayam

New Delhi: Accusing Congress of reaching an understanding with BJP on the issue of price rise and the Nuclear Liability Bill, RJD chief Lalu Prasad on Wednesday said the reported clean chit given to Gujarat
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PTI August 18, 2010 16:19 IST
New Delhi: Accusing Congress of reaching an understanding with BJP on the issue of price rise and the Nuclear Liability Bill, RJD chief Lalu Prasad on Wednesday said the reported clean chit given to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in the Sohrabuddin case was a result of the pact.   

"Congress and BJP are together on several issues... Today's media reports indicate that Modi has been given a clean chit by CBI in the Sohrabuddin case," Prasad told reporters outside Parliament House here.   

He claimed that former Gujarat junior Home Minister Amit Shah could not have taken a decision on the Sohrabuddin matter without the knowledge of Modi, who heads the Gujarat Home Department.   

"CBI is interrogating Shah who is only a small fish but the sharks are still out in the open," he said referring to Modi.   

He alleged that while parties like BSP and SP were silent, Congress has reached an understanding with BJP using CBI as a tool.   

They have asked BJP not to raise the price rise issue and support the government on the Nuclear liability Bill and in return gave Modi a clean chit, Prasad claimed.   

He claimed that CBI clean chit was not possible without the knowledge of the Centre.   

The former Bihar Chief Minister said that his party will continue to raise the issue in Lok Sabha and even hold a dharna on the floor of the House.

Samajwadi Party also alleged that the Congress and the BJP have struck a deal over the Nuclear Liability Bill in return for a "clean chit" to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in the Sohrabuddin case.  "BJP and Congress are one and they cannot be trusted," SP leader Mulayam Singh told reporters outside Parliament.

He alleged, "BJP had extended support to the Bill in return for a clean chit to Narendra Modi by CBI in the Sohrabuddin case."

When pointed out that the SP had also supported the government on N-Bill in the past, he said, "We have taken a right decision by supporting the bill for generation of more power.

"There is a power crisis in the country and we hope that many villages without electricity will get power," he said.

Asked about his party's stand on the Nuclear Liability Bill, he said, "We will decide in due course".

As the report on the controversial nuclear liability bill was tabled in Parliament on Wednesday, non-BJP opposition parties stalled proceedings alleging a Congress-BJP deal in return for CBI's clean chit to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in a fake encounter case.

 The Rajya Sabha which was adjourned for the day and the Lok Sabha twice till 1400 hours, were rocked as BSP members stormed the well demanding dismissal of Karnataka government over alleged illegal mining.

The issue appeared to be a tit-for-tat by the BSP, which was at the receiving end for the last two days by BJP and others over firing on farmers in Mayawati-ruled Uttar Pradesh.

BSP members shouted slogans like "Dismiss Karnataka government" and "Stop the loot by illegal mining".

In the Lok Sabha, RJD chief Lalu Prasad and SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav led members of their parties into the well waving newspapers which carried reports of Modi being given a clean chit in the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case.

The Left members in Rajya Sabha, supported by RJD and LJP, created uproar over reports of the clean chit to Modi allegedly in return for BJP support for the crucial nuclear liability bill. RJD and BSP members as also LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan stormed the well.

In the din, the report of the Parliamentary committee looking into the controversial Nuclear Liability Bill was tabled in both the Houses.

The report on the bill, crucial for operationalisation of India's civil nuclear deals with various countries, was tabled in the Rajya Sabha by Committee Chairman T Subbirami Reddy and in the Lok Sabha by a member Pradeep Tamta.

As soon as the Lok Sabha met for the day, BSP members trooped into the well waving placards demanding dismissal of the BJP-led government in Karnataka, while Mulayam Singh Yadav and Lalu Prasad waved copies of a newspaper carrying reports relating to the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case. The House was adjourned till noon.

Trouble erupted in the Rajya Sabha from the word go as BSP members carrying banners moved in the aisles and started raising slogans demanding dismissal of the BJP-led Karnataka government for allegedly allowing illegal mining, leading to its adjournment till noon.

Paswan and RJD MPs later sat on a dharna near the Mahatma Gandhi statue in the Parliament House complex, protesting the clean chit to Modi allegedly as part of the Congress-BJP deal.

The SP supremo told reporters later that "BJP and Congress are one. They have struck a deal over the nuclear bill for bailing out Narendra Modi." PTI

 
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