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RS dy chairman election: Parties that helped NDA win hypocrites, says Cong

Press Trust of India  |  Nagpur 

The today said the political parties that broke the opposition ranks to facilitate the victory of the NDA nominee in the election for the post of deputy chairman had exposed their "hypocrisy".

also claimed that the Opposition unity was intact, even though some parties had voted against the Opposition nominee in the August 9 election.

Harivansh of the (United) won the election against Opposition candidate B K Hariprasad of the in the of Parliament.

Addressing a press conference here, Chaturvedi said the outcome of the election did not mean the opposition unity had broken.

"A lot of people and political parties that have been attacking the (Narendra) and claiming to represent the voice of the common people chose to abstain and not vote against the candidate put up by the government.

"They clearly shirked their own responsibilities and exposed their hypocrisy," she alleged.

During the election, the Biju (BJD) and the (AAP), the ruling parties in and respectively, broke ranks with the Opposition to facilitate the NDA candidate's victory, despite their fierce political battles with the BJP in their states.

The Shiv Sena, which had abstained from voting on the no-confidence motion moved against the NDA government in the recently, had joined the BJP to help Singh win the election for the post of deputy chairman.

The two (YSRCP) MPs had abstained from voting. In all, 16 members were not present.

Replying to a query, Chaturvedi said, "I don't think the opposition unity is breaking in any way."

In a veiled attack on the Shiv Sena, which is part of the NDA-led governments at the Centre and in Maharashtra, the Congress said, "It is shameful that one of the parties that shares power with the BJP in is attacking the and when the time comes, they choose power over accountability. We were hoping that those within the government would live up to their responsibilities when the time came, but that did not happen."

Chaturvedi claimed that it clearly emerged from the deputy chairman's election that the did not believe in taking everybody along.

"This is perhaps for the first time that the government did not reach out to the opposition parties to find a consensus candidate and chose to use its power. This is how democratic principles are being compromised to stay in power," she said.

Alleging that the deal to purchase fighter jets from was a "scam", Chaturvedi said, "A lot of allegations were hurled against the Congress regarding the Bofors deal. However, the then Congress government did not shy away from any probe. The Congress held itself accountable and answerable to the people of and the "

"When (Atal Bihari) was the prime minister, he had absolved us of all the charges," she claimed.

The Bofors deal between and during the 1980s and 1990s had snowballed into a major political scandal, wherein several members of the Indian and Swedish governments were accused of receiving kickbacks for winning a bid to supply 155-mm field howitzer guns to

Chaturvedi said the had hailed the role of the Bofors guns in the 1999 Kargil War between India and

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First Published: Sun, August 12 2018. 19:15 IST