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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

UPA: Asking PM to quit `preposterous'

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
The government is in no mood to placate the Opposition, which is trying to turn “Coalgate” into another Bofors, and categorically rejected its demand for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s resignation on the issue.

Both Houses of Parliament were adjourned for the day on Tuesday following an uproar on the demand of the Opposition, led by the BJP for Dr Singh’s resignation over the Comptroller and Auditor General’s report on coal block allocations. The CAG report tabled in Parliament recently claimed there was an estimated loss of `1.86 lakh crore in allocation of coal blocks between 2004 and 2009.

Parliamentary affairs minister Pawan Kumar Bansal said on Tuesday that the Opposition’s demand was “preposterous and baseless” and that the BJP was “trying to make an issue out of nothing”.

Opposition floor managers are unwilling to talk to the government, saying
they will not dilute their demand.

The NDA’s strategy appears to be to stall Parliament for at least the next three days, while the government says it is ready to discuss any issue they want to raise in the two Houses. Deccan Chronicle English Online Newspaper