Sonia meets Sushma to end Parl logjam

Last Updated: Sat, Sep 01, 2012 17:12 hrs

In a bid to end the ongoing logjam in the Parliament over the coal block allocation issue, Congress supremo Sonia Gandhi met senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi on Saturday.

However, both Congress and BJP remained tight-lipped about the discussions held between the two leaders.

The BJP has said it will continue to demand for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh´s resignation on the issue.

BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said the party will ´intensify´ the fight on the issue both outside and inside the Parliament.

Both Houses of the Indian Parliament were adjourned for the day on Friday over the coal scam.

This was the eighth consecutive day when the Parliament was adjourned as India´s main opposition Both the houses- Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha got adjourned almost every day in the monsoon session over the coal block allocation issue.

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

"Blackmail has become the bread and butter of the BJP," Gandhi reportedly said at a meeting with her party MPs in the morning.

She said the BJP has little respect for parliament and has been mocking the people as she addressed her MPs.

She asked her party MPs to stand up and fight and not be defensive.

The PM on Monday 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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