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BJP demands PM’s Resignation over Coal Scam

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The BJP MPs continued to create ruckus in both the Houses of Parliament today over the coal scam demanding Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s resignation. They alleged the government of suppressing the truth.

BJP demanded PM and Law Minister’s resignation for allegedly vetting the CBI investigations into Coal Block allocations. However, Congress refuted the allegations. They said that the opposition’s demand was baseless.

Amidst uproar, the report by the Parliament Standing Committee report on coal blocks allocation was tabled in the Lok Sabha. While the Rajya Sabha was adjourned till 2 pm and the proceedings in Lok Sabha was disrupted following the report and it was adjourned till Thursday.

The report says that all the coal blocks distributed between 1993 and 2008 were unauthorised and not done in a transparent manner. It observes that no bidding process was held for coal allocations. The report recommends that those involved directly or indirectly in the allocation should be investigated. It further suggested that all coal mine allocations where production is yet to begin, should be cancelled. However, it did not mention exact loss figure.

Meanwhile, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), in an affidavit, is set to tell the Supreme Court that the probe agency’s report on coal block allocation scam was shared with the Law Ministry on its request and that Law Minister Ashwani Kumar had vetted the report. The agency will submit the affidavit in the court on April 26.

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