WikiLeaks has exposed Congress: BJP MP

New Delhi: BJP MP Ashok Argal, one of the three MPs who had displayed in Parliament wads of cash allegedly given to them in bribe ahead of the 2008 trust vote, on Thursday said his allegations have proven to be true and the Congress has been "exposed".

"The Parliamentary Committee headed by V Kishore Chandra Deo had found us to be guilty and had not even bothered to question people such as Amar Singh but today our allegations have been proved right by Wikileaks," Argal told PTI here.

Three BJP MPs – Ashok Argal, Faggan Singh Kulaste and Mahavir Singh Bhagora – had on July 22, 2008 presented wads of cash in the Lok Sabha shortly before the Manmohan Singh government was to face the trust vote.

After the three BJP MPs showed cash bundles in Parliament alleging that the Government was trying to poach them by paying money through former Samajwadi Party General Secretary Amar Singh, a Parliamentary Committee under Deo was formed to probe the matter.

A leaked American diplomatic cable leaked by Wikileaks has cliamed that an aide of Congress leader Satish Sharma allegedly showed a US Embassy employee "two chests containing cash" and said Rs 50-60 crore is ready for use as "pay-offs" to win the support of some MPs ahead of crucial vote of confidence in UPA government over the Indo-US nuke deal, claimed a set of US diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks.

Noting that the Congress party machine was working "overtime" behind the scenes in the run-up to the confidence vote, the cables also claimed the party had allegedly paid Rs 10 crores to each of their "four RLD MPs."

Kapur reportedly mentioned that money was not an issue at all, but the crucial thing was to ensure that those who took the money would vote for the government, according to the cable sent from the US Embassy to the US State department dated July 17, 2008.