PM must resign over coalgate: BJP

Last Updated: Sun, Sep 02, 2012 19:11 hrs

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Yashwant Sinha on Sunday said that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh must resign and take responsibility for the alleged Rs 1.86 lakh crore coal block allocation scam.

During a public meeting held in Guwahati, the senior leader of the main opposition party said that his party will not rest till the "corrupt" United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government is brought down.

"The UPA government allotted 80 coal blocks from 2005 to 2009 and 70 others from 2006 to 2012, while the NDA (National Democratic Alliance) government had allotted 18 coal blocks from 1998 to 2003," the BJP leader said.

He said that figures showed, during BJP-led NDA rule four coal blocks had been allotted in 1998, three in 1999, one each in 2001 and 2002 and eight in 2003, while during the UPA´s term 16 were allotted in 2005, 15 in 2006, 17 in 2007, 20 in 2008 and 12 in 2009.

"It was most interesting that during the allocation of coal blocks between 2006 to 2012, none of have begun work so far," the BJP leader said.

"We had given two options to the UPA government over the parliament logjam issue, but the UPA has not received our views," he said.

The BJP leader also slammed on the PM's comment over the CAG report.

"Firstly, two BJP MP's had sent a letter to CVC on March 14, 2012 and urged an inquiry over the coal block allocation scam, to which the CVC replied on May 17, recommending a CBI inquiry," Sinha said.

The senior BJP leader also said that his party welcomed the inquiry on the coal blocks allocation during NDA government.

(Reporting by Hemanta Kumar Nath)

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