Cancel licence to end logjam: Sushma

Last Updated: Sun, Sep 02, 2012 14:23 hrs

New Delhi, Sept 2 (IBNS) Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj on Sunday said her party BJP is not backing out of the demand for resignation of Prime Minister but would let the parliament function for the remaining days of monsoon session only if the government cancelled licences of all coal blocks allocated controversially and start an independent and fair probe into the scam.

"It is wrong to say we have backed out our demand for resignation of the Prime Minister. We stick to it because he is directly responsible for the scam, but we will let the parliament function only if all licences of the coal blocks allocated during the tenure of the PM as coal minister were cancelled and an independent and fair probe was ordered," said Swaraj addressing a press conference.

She said Sonia Gandhi had called her to resolve the issue and she had communicated her the two demands for allowing the parliament to function.

"She said she would get back on our demands but then indications are that nothing is going to happen and no solution is in sight," said Swaraj.

"If tomorrow morning they accept our demand we will let parliament function," she said.

Swaraj said except in one coal block, no mining had started in any of the others and so there was neither improvement in power supply situation nor in GDP growth that the Prime Minister and the government wanted to tomtom.

She said revenue did come from the coal blocks but those went to the Congress party coffer and not to the state exchequer.

Swaraj said after the parliament session ends on Sept 7, they would take to the streets on coal scam.

Parliament was adjourned almost every day in this monsoon session by the BJP over coal scam.

Amid repeated attacks by the BJP on the coal scam, Sonia Gandhi earlier encouraged her party lawmakers to take on the Opposition aggressively.

The PM on Monday last said the observations of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) on the coal allocations are disputable and they would be challenged in the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

The BJP criticized Singh over his coal statement in the Parliament and said he was taking refuge to mere words.

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

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