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Coalgate: PM Manmohan Singh desperate to make statement in House - Both Houses Adjourned


Coalgate: PM Manmohan Singh desperate to make statement in House - Both Houses Adjourned

CAG report on coal disputable: PM

New Delhi, Aug 27 (IBNS) Amid uproar inside the Lok Sabha, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Monday that the observations of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) on the coal allocations are disputable as he appealed to the Opposition both inside and outside the Parliament to return to the house.

"I want to assure Honble Members that as the Minister in charge, I take full responsibility for the decisions of the Ministry," said the PM though he was almost inaudible in the din by the opposition BJP.

"The observations of the CAG are clearly disputable.I wish to say that any allegations of impropriety are without basis and unsupported by the facts," he said.

He also appealed to the Opposition outside the parliament to return to the house and repeated what he said in parliament amid the uproar.

He said Parliamentary Accounts Committee would take up the CAG report and the Opposition should come to the House for now, and let the country judge where the truth lies.

Earlier, both houses of parliament were adjourned till noon amid an uproar over the Coalgate and demand for the Prime Minister's resignation even before the PM could make a statement in the house as announced.

Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar has called an all party meeting to resolve the parliament stalemate with the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) sticking to the demand for PM's resignation over the scam.

The ruling party had said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will make a statement on Monday in the House on the coal blocks allocation.

The allocations of coal blocks when the ministry was under the PM cost the exchequer Rs 1.86 lakh crore, said government auditors CAG (Comptroller and Auditor General), while the government said since the mining in the blocks had not started there was no loss at all.

While the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has said it will only relent till the Prime Minister resigns, the ruling group said the Opposition must first listen to the PM.

"You have to listen to the Prime Minister and the Opposition should cooperate," said Union Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Shukla.

"The BJP is ignoring the CAG observations on states like Chhattisgarh ruled by the party while saying that only the CAG report on the centre is right. Why this double standard?"

According to media reports Rs 8 crore was lost owing to the stalling of parliament over the coal allocation controversy.

However, there are differences in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) over the stalling on parliament.

The Akali Dal and Janata Dal (United) are not in favour of stalling parliament and reports said they want to hear the PM on the floor of the House.

An all party meeting is also scheduled during the day to break the impasse in Parliament.

The Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government on Friday after parliament was adjourned mulled its options to break the logjam.

Both houses of the Parliament were adjourned for the fourth day in a row on Friday as the BJP refused to sit for a debate and disrupted proceedings over the alleged swindle for which they demand Prime Minister Manmohan Singhs resignation.

Even as they ruled out a possibility of an outright suspension of the monsoon session of the Parliament, top government sources hinted that the government may resort to passing some bills through voice vote amid the din before the session ends on Sept 7.

However they said that the government hopes that the crisis will be resolved before Prime Minister Singh leaves on Tuesday for the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit in Tehran.

Earlier, Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Friday said the UPA government is 'disappointed' by the way the BJP has been disrupting the Parliament and not discussing the coal block allocation issue.

"We are disappointed that the BJP is unwilling to debate the matter," Chidambaram said while addressing a press conference on Friday.

He said the main opposition party of India is 'unwilling to allow the Parliament to function'.

Chidambaram said the UPA government is willing to debate and discuss any matter, including the coal report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) in the Parliament.

The coal report of the CAG has pointed finger at the loss-making coal block allocations when the portfolio was held by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

The report by the CAG said 25 private companies received benefits of around Rs 1.86 lakh crore through of coalblock allocations in various states.

Latest Update

New Delhi, Aug 27 (IBNS) Both houses of parliament were adjourned on Monday till noon amid an uproar over the Coalgate and demand for the Prime Minister's resignation even before the PM could make a statement in the house as announced.

Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar has called an all party meeting to resolve the parliament stalemate with the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) sticking to the demand for PM's resignation over the scam.

Earlier, the ruling party said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will make a statement on Monday in the House on the coal blocks allocation.

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New Delhi, Aug 27 (IBNS) Under the shadow of an Opposition ruckus, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will make a statement on Monday in Parliament on the coal blocks allocation when the ministry was under him amid a huge clamour after the government auditors CAG said a huge loss of Rs 1.86 lakh crore was incurred by the exchequer from the move.

While the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has said it will only relent till the Prime Minister resigns, the ruling group said the Opposition must first listen to the PM.

"You have to listen to the Prime Minister and the Opposition should cooperate," said Union Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Shukla on Monday ahead of parliament session.

"The BJP is ignoring the CAG observations on states like Chhattisgarh ruled by the party while saying that only the CAG report on the centre is right. Why this double standard?"

According to media reports Rs 8 crore was lost owing to the stalling of parliament over the coal allocation controversy.

An all party meeting is also scheduled during the day to break the impasse in Parliament.

The Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government on Friday after parliament was adjourned mulled its options to break the logjam.

Both houses of the Parliament were adjourned for the fourth day in a row on Friday as the BJP refused to sit for a debate and disrupted proceedings over the alleged swindle for which they demand Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's resignation.

Even as they ruled out a possibility of an outright suspension of the monsoon session of the Parliament, top government sources hinted that the government may resort to passing some bills through voice vote amid the din before the session ends on Sept 7.

However they said that the government hopes that the crisis will be resolved before Prime Minister Singh leaves on Tuesday for the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit in Tehran.

Earlier, Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Friday said the UPA government is 'disappointed' by the way the BJP has been disrupting the Parliament and not discussing the coal block allocation issue.

"We are disappointed that the BJP is unwilling to debate the matter," Chidambaram said while addressing a press conference on Friday.

He said the main opposition party of India is 'unwilling to allow the Parliament to function'.

Chidambaram said the UPA government is willing to debate and discuss any matter, including the coal report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) in the Parliament.

The coal report of the CAG has pointed finger at the loss-making coal block allocations when the portfolio was held by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

The report by the CAG said 25 private companies received benefits of around Rs 1.86 lakh crore through of coalblock allocations in various states.


2012-08-27






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