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BJP unrelenting in seeking PM's resignation

August 21, 2012 18:51 IST

Bharatiya Janata Party's Parliamentary Party meeting on Wednesday will decide their further course of action in their demand of the prime minister's resignation.

A strongly worded draft is now being readied by the BJP to be deliberated on Wednesday's meet. This resolution is aimed to rouse the enthusiasm of the party members of Parliament, to vigorously campaign not only inside Parliament but also to focus it in their Parliamentary constituencies

The BJP that led the opposition to force closure of both the Houses on Tuesday appears unrelenting to allow any business at least for the next two days until its march to Parliament on Thursday. 

It refused to relent the demand for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's resignation as its chief spokesman Ravi Shankar Prasad said the party is firm not to allow 'this government of scams, scandals, corruption and loot' to continue any further.

Congress spokesperson Renuka Chaudhary, however, hit back, saying the party is not going to oblige the BJP's demand, challenging it to come forward for discussion in Parliament instead of misleading public on the issue of the Comptroller and Auditor General reports on coal blocks and the Delhi airport deal.

She also accused the CAG of going beyond its mandate to project assumed losses where no money was lost.

Prasad told a press conference that the 'coalgate' was a much wider scam than the 2G scam and it was regrettable that the prime minister, who allowed it as the coal minister for five years, was not even prepared for a probe.

He said it was much more shocking that the government and the Congress were 'humiliating' the CAG for exposing their scandals.

He also tried to refute Congress' allegation of similar irregularities in the coal mining licences given during the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance regime.

Seventy coal blocks were released for captive use between 1993 to 2005 and only 33 of them were allotted by the NDA, while the United Progressive Alluaince allotted as many as 146 in just four years, he pointed out.
A correspondent in New Delhi