Coalgate adjourns Parliament for day

Last Updated: Thu, Aug 23, 2012 11:47 hrs

The Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha were adjourned for the day on Thursday over the coal report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) pointing finger at the loss-making coal block allocations when the portfolio was held by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

India´s main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) continued to disrupt proceedings of the Parliament as it demanded the PM´s resignation over the issue.

It was the third consecutive day when the BJP created ruckus in the Parliament over the coal scam resulting in repeated adjournments in both houses.

Both houses of the Parliament were initially adjourned for an hour as BJP members started shouting slogans minutes after the proceedings started on Thursday.

The BJP members shouted slogans and even trooped into the Well in order to press their demands.

Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari called for an all-party meeting in the Upper House of the Parliament in an attempt to end the ongoing stalemate.

However, the meeting ended inconclusively, reports said.

Congress supremo Sonia Gandhi sent a strong message to her party MPs and said they should not be ´defensive´ but ´attack´, party sources said.

Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde spoke to senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj on Thursday to end the ongoing deadlock.

Speaking on the ongoing troubles, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said an all-party meeting is needed to sort out differences on the issue.

"Parliament is a democratic system. If there is a scam then we need to discuss and debate. All issues can be sorted out through discussion," Mamata said.

"All-party meeting is needed to sort out differences," Mamata said.

The Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha were adjourned for the day on Tuesday and Wedesday on the same issue.

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

A separate report claimed that Rs. 1.63 crore were lost by the manner in which the land for Delhi's international airport was leased.

The reports mounted pressure on Manmohan Singh's Congress-led UPA government that is already reeling under allegations of corruption scandals and prickly ties between allies compounding economic woes.

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