Cash-for-votes Scandal
Cash-for-votes Scandal

Notes-for-vote or cash-for-votes scandal is an alleged scandal in which the United Progressive Alliance, the majority-holding parliamentary-party alliance of India led by Manmohan Singh, openly bribed Indian MPs in cash or currency-notes to the tune of multi-millions to survive its very first confidence vote on 22 July 2008 in the Lok Sabha after the Communist Party of India (Marxist) led Left Front withdrew support from the government over India approaching the IAEA for Indo-US nuclear deal.

Tehelka, an Indian news magazine, alleged that it was the BJP that had willfully set out to entrap the Congress and the SP into buying three BJP MPs so it could pull off a successful sting operation and discredit the government. The magazine also claims that this sting operation appears to have had the sanction and collusion of respected BJP leaders like Sudheendra Kulkarni, Arun Jaitley and even LK Advani.

As opposition parties have lashed out at the government for the ‘immoral and corrupt’ way in which it pushed the nuclear vote.

The country can ill-afford scams and State malfeasance, but combating that cannot devolve into mere political mudslinging. It is important that a sense of proportion is restored to every issue of public interest so that the guilty are held accountable and finally it is the public interest—and not political or personal agenda—that prevails.