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BJP aligns its demands with other opposition parties on coalgate scam


September 2, 2012 - Mumbai

The BJP has agreed to allow the Parliament to function if the Government agreed to cancel the coal blocks allocation and ordering a probe, as demand by the other parties in the opposition. However, this doesn't mean that the BJP has withdrawn their demand of the resignation of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj said at a press conference in Mumbai that their demand still stands but is not a precondition to the resumption of the Parliament. The entire Opposition is now united in its demand for the cancellation of the 142 coal block allocation licenses issued from 2006.

Referring to the telephonic conversation she had with Sonia Gandhi last week, Sushma Swaraj said that she has conveyed her message to the UPA chairperson. "I told Soniaji that if coal block allocations are cancelled and an independent and fair probe ordered, we can start the discussion and Parliament can function," said Sushma. The Congress president has spoken to Sushma Swaraj on Thursday and Friday and the talks were inconclusive.

Opposition parties including Samajwadi Party, the Left parties and Telugu Desam Party have already demanded for a probe on the coal blocks allocation issue by a Supreme Court sitting judge.

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