New Delhi: Amar Singh sent to Tihar Jail on charges of corruption on Tuesday, the reports said. The arrest of Amar Singh has brought BJP and other opposition parties together to target the UPA government and demand a deeper explore into its role in the cash-for-vote scam in 2008, asserting it was the ‘real beneficiary’.
The Opposition also demanded that the source of money supposedly used to buy votes of MPs should be traced to offer clinching evidence in the case and asked at whose request was the former Samajwadi leader acting. Samajwadi party said that Singh has been made a ‘scapegoat’ by Delhi Police.
Parliamentary affairs minister Pawan Kumar Bansal discarded allegations UPA-1 Government was the beneficiary saying it did not need votes of 3 BJP MPs who claimed to have been bribed.
Congress on its part said that due process of law was pursued and that the arrest of Singh and others was the culmination of a ‘very closely monitored’ probe by the Supreme Court.
Leading the charge against the Congress, BJP said no action has been starts against the beneficiaries of the scam as those MPs who were whistle-blowers in the case were arrested and sent to jail.
Describing the arrest of Singh as ‘a step in the right direction’, BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad, however, said set off action against the whistle-blower MPs was completely mala fide.
Another spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said that “Delhi Police should expand the ambit of its probe to find out the role of the Congress,”Left parties wanted the government to explain at ‘whose behest’ Singh was working at that time.