BJP urges Prez to intervene in coal scam

Last Updated: Wed, Sep 12, 2012 12:58 hrs

In a bid to build more pressure on the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, several senior leaders of main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday met President Pranab Mukherjee and urged him to intervene in the coal block allocation issue.

Senior BJP leaders including Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj and LK Advani met the President at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.

Advani said he told Mukherjee that constitutional bodies ´are not being respected´ by the government.

"We told him that our fight against corruption will continue both within and outside the Parliament," Advani told reporters after meeting the President.

Advani slammed the Congress-led UPA government and said: "We feel the government is neck-deep in corruption."

"It was sad to see the manner in which the PM raised questions against the CAG (Comptroller and Auditor General)," Advani said.

"We told the President that we feel you need to intervene in the matter and advice the government that they should not speak like this against the constitutional bodies," Advani said.

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.

The Congress on Monday slammed the the CAG, whose report on coal block allocation dragged the UPA into fresh troubles, and said it was equally responsible along with BJP in disrupting the Parliament during the recently ended monsoon session.

"The sad thing is that both the BJP and the CAG were equally responsible for disruptions in the Parliament," Congress spokesperson Manish Tiwari said while addressing a press conference here.

Indian Parliament could not function the entire monsoon session over the demand of the PM´s resignation and cancellation of licences of coal blocks and an independent probe into the coal scam.

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