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India: Furore In Parliament Over New Set Of Wikileaks

The latest round of India Cables from Wikileaks, which alleges the bribing of MPs during the July 2008 ‘no-confidence’ vote by the current UPA government, has led to a furore in the Indian Parliament with the Opposition demanding an explanation from the Prime Minister, and even demanding his resignation over the matter. Prime Minister Mr. Manmohan Singh, already besieged with his party's scandal-ridden image – thanks to the various scams tumbling out in quick succession, finally gave a statement denying the allegations and at the same time raising questions on the cables’ credibility and veracity.

It's Wikileaks time in India…again.

Parliament aside, ever since the Hindu started publishing these cables, netizens have been discussing them with much animation, their reactions ranging from disgust (at the revelations, their content as well as the furore) to sarcasm and even a bit of humor.

@Chellaney: The more one reads WikiLeaks’ cables, the more India's men of straw stand out. For e.g., Mulford thanked Kalam for lobbying for nuclear deal

@omkara2: @vikramchandra so many countries were prey to wikileaks..no one acted the way India is behaving..so much of drama..typical India

@m2shooter: Wikileaks should disclose price of india, corrupt have already put the nation to auction. #scam

@twitchdude: Amazing !! how can an unverified and unverifiable cable create so much chaos. #wikileaks #india #sigh

@pradeepphadke: Not knowing any thing is a great leadership quality-ask MM Singh! He is PM of world's largest democracy without knowing any thing at all!

@dibgal: how can someone allege that wikileaks has an India specific agenda? one of my fren's father who is an active politician says so. bemusing

@jhunjhunwala: Japan has a Nuclear Crisis.In India we don't know what to deal with first – 2G, CWG or Wikileaks now. We have an UNCLEAR Crisis

@coolfunnytshirt : On being asked about India‘s loss to SA, our PM says World Cup is speculative and unverified. #wc11 #cwc2011 #wikileaks

There were also reactions to allegations that the U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was concerned about the appointment of Pranab Mukherjee as India's Finance Minister.

@Bansal_Anurag: US wasn't happy with Pranab Mukherjee as FM: WikiLeaks, neither do we. How similar the feelings are across the continents….Surprising

@KanchanGupta: Jury's verdict! The Golden Pumpkin Award goes to Pranab Mukherjee for insisting cables leaked by WikiLeaks enjoy diplomatic immunity!

However, not everyone was amused with the wikileaks revelations. A few of the tweeters felt that any government needed confidentiality to function and wikileaks was diluting that process.

@IntelliCzar: WikiLeaks..a chop on the Government's right to confidentiality..which i think is a must to run a big and diverse country like India.

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