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Thursday, 24 July 2008

Opposition politicians waved money they said they had been offered as a bribeIndia's coalition government has survived a confidence vote, brought about by opposition to a controversial nuclear energy deal with the United States, reports AFP.

The vote went ahead on Tuesday, despite a disruption to parliamentary proceedings by opposition politicians who said they had been offered bribes to abstain.
 
Results from electronic voting displayed by the parliament's official channel showed 253 deputies backing the government, 232 against and two abstentions.
 
About 50 votes remained to be counted, but many members of the government had already begun congratulating the prime minister in parliament.
 
"It seems at the moment that the prime and his future are secure," said Sohail Rahman, Al Jazeera's correspondent in New Delhi.
 
"But this whole debate around India's civilian nuclear deal has polarised politicians."
 
Opponents of the deal say the agreement would compromise India's position as a politically neutral country, and that the requisite UN inspections the deal requires would limit the country's ability to develop its weapons programme and deter Pakistan, its main regional rival.
 
They also argue that there are strings attached, and doing a deal with the US would undermine its freedom to buy oil and gas  from countries such as Iran, or shop for armaments with traditional suppliers including Russia.
 
Disruption
 
Prior to the vote, parliament was disrupted by three opposition legislators, waving wads of Indian rupees that they said they had been offered as bribes to abstain from voting.
 
Lal Krishna Advani, the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader, alleged that three opposition members were given a total of 10 million rupees ($235,000) by government supporters as an advance payment for abstaining, and were offered much more.
 
Congress said the allegations were baseless.
 
"This is all drama, and it has been planted deliberately by the people who know they have lost the vote," Ashwini Kumar, a Congress spokesman, said.
 
"We are seriously looking into the allegations but the opposition knows we will win so they are resorting to such activities."
 
The parliamentary speaker adjourned proceedings as a result of the incident, but the vote later went ahead.

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sumon  - comments |2008-07-25 10:53:40
its not a drama, this real true we hope the government is success. people r looking always good government.
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