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Coal-gate: PM, law minister should quit, demands BJP

April 30, 2013 14:20 IST

The Bharatiya Janata Party on Tuesday said the "public spat" between the attorney general and the additional solicitor general reinforces its view that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should own up "responsibility" in the coal scam and step down.

"The public spat between the attorney general and the additional solicitor general on how, who pressurised whom on the Central Bureau of Investigation report on coal gate is not only saddening but also very, very regrettable," BJP Deputy Leader in Rajya Sabha Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters in New Delhi.

The BJP parliamentary party on Tuesday discussed the issue of the letter shot off by Additional Solicitor General Haren Raval to Attorney General G E Vahanvati in which he alleged that he has been made a "scapegoat" in the matter.

Prasad maintained that till now there were reports that Law Minister Ashwani Kumar and officials in the Prime Minister's Office and the coal ministry were involved in the vetting of the CBI report on the coal issue but now even top law officers of the government have been "colluding in the compromise of constitutional institutions".

"This is a serious matter. This all the more reinforces our demand that the prime minister should own up the responsibility and resign," he said, adding that the law minister too should step down. The BJP leader alleged that these law officials did not tell the truth to the highest court about the CBI report.

The party also discussed the Chinese incursions and its strategy in Parliament on the Finance Bill. The BJP has decided that after Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj spelled out the reasons for the BJP's agitation in both the Houses and why it is demanding the prime minister's resignation, the party will stage a walkout and let the government pass the Finance Bill, Appropriations Bill, rail budget and demands for grants.

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