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BJP rejects Prime Minister's statement on the coal block allocation issue

August 27, 2012 - New Delhi

The main opposition party Bharatiya Janata Party rejected the statement issued by the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the coal block allocation issue. BJP is firm on its demand of the resignation of Prime Minister. Manmohan Singh will leave on a two-day trip to Iran tomorrow. Meanwhile, the ministers of his cabinet have rejected the suggestions that the prime minister will seek a trust vote when he returns back. Finance Minister P Chidambaram said that the government enjoys the confidence and there is no reason to seek a vote of confidence.

Senior BJP leaders Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj alleged that the Congress politicians have benefitted from companies that were assigned coal fields. The Government is insisting on a debate on the coal block allocation issue, while the BJP is not yielding in its demand. The BJP have disrupted the proceedings of the parliament since last week and it is likely that there will be no change in their strategy despite not getting enough support from other allies of BJP.

Demand for cancellation of allocation of coal blocks

The left parties and Telugu Desam Party demanded the cancellation of the all the 142 coal blocks that were allocated. They upped the demand for a thorough enquiry into the whole matter and termed the Prime Minister's statement on the issue as extremely defensive.

CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta said that the Prime Minister showed disrespect to the Constitution by attacking the CAG. A joint press conference by leaders of CPI, CPI(M), RSP, Forward Bloc and TDP alleged a 'match-fixing' between Congress and BJP in the whole issue.

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