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Government says it is ready to discuss threadbare CAG report on coal issue

Parliament has been in turmoil since Tuesday, with members of India’s main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party demanding resignation of prime minister Manmohan Singh

New Delhi: Asserting that it has nothing to hide, the Indian government on Thursday said it was prepared to discuss threadbare the CAG (Comptroller and Auditor General of India) report on coal block allocation in the Parliament and reply to the issues raised by the opposition, reports PTI.

“The government is already prepared to discuss anything they want. The prime minister has already said that. We are prepared to discuss the issues threadbare,” home minister Shushil Kumar Shinde told reporters outside the Parliament House.
 

Law minister Salman Khurshid expressed the hope that the opposition will join in ensuring proper functioning of Parliament.
 

“We want to give a reply to both the opposition and the country. We have nothing to hide,” Mr Khurshid said.
 

Parliament has been in turmoil since Tuesday, 21st August, with members of India’s main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) demanding resignation of prime minister Manmohan Singh over the CAG’s findings on the issue of extension of undue benefits to the tune of Rs1.86 lakh crore in allocation of coal blocks.

 

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Coal block allocation: Team Anna to protest at PM’s and BJP chief’s residence

Last week, the activists had threatened to file a public interest litigation (PIL) in court and carry out a referendum to ‘expose’ the UPA on coal block allocations, if the government does not constitute a special team to probe allegations

 
New Delhi: Alleging that the Congress and BJP were hand-in-glove on the coal block allocation issue, erstwhile Team Anna today announced ‘gherao’ of the residences of prime minister Manmohan Singh and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Nitin Gadkari, on Sunday.
 
This was announced by renowned activist Arvind Kejriwal, leader of India Against Corruption (IAC), in a tweet this morning.
 
“Congress and BJP have got together to loot Rs1.86 lakh crore in coal scam. (There will be) gherao of prime minister’s and Nitin Gadkari’s residences. Let us assemble at Jantar Mantar on 26th August (at) 10am,” he tweeted.
 
The announcement that came as a CAG report said that the exchequer lost around Rs1.86 lakh crore due to coal block allocation without competitive bidding during 2005-09.
 
Earlier, the erstwhile Team Anna had decided to hold the first meeting of preparatory committee on 26 August 2012 which will chalk out the ways for formation of a political party.
 
However, now this meeting is likely to take place in the first week of September as they are yet to finalise the names.
 
Team Anna had earlier this month decided to take a political plunge.
 
Last week, the activists had threatened to file a public interest litigation (PIL) in court and carry out a referendum to ‘expose’ the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) on coal block allocations, if the government does not constitute a special team to probe allegations.
 
“We have raised it on 25th May. All our allegations have come true now. All parties are involved in it since screening committees have representatives of states also.
 
“We demand cancellation of allotments of coal blocks.
 
Lodge FIR (first information report), constitute an SIT (special investigation team), failing which we will file PIL in court and carry out referendum on the issue to expose the government,” Mr Kejriwal had said.
 

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