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Congress dares BJP to move no-confidence motion

August 28, 2012 - New Delhi

The Congress, on Monday, has dared the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to move a no-confidence motion in the Parliament. Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari lashed out against the BJP for hijacking the Parliament by disrupting the proceedings repeatedly. He said that while Congress is ready for a debate on the coal block allocation issue, BJP doesn't want the Parliament to function properly.

Speaking to the media outside the Parliament, Tewari asserted that Congress has enough numbers to easily pass the vote of confidence if moved by the opposition. Tewari also lashed out against the CAG report on the coal block allocation saying that it was compiled beyond the legal mandate and criticized BJP for adopting double standards.

Finance Minister P Chidambaram said that BJP should accept the offer made by the Prime Minister for a debate on the issue. "Every day that passes without parliament meeting and transacting business is a day that adds a black spot for democracy. Not discussing in parliament is a slap on the face of people who elect us," said Chidambaram.

The Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has made a statement on the coal block allocation issue earlier in the day. BJP rejected his statement and demanded the resignation of the PM. The left parties accused the BJP for not allowing the Parliament to function smoothly. CPM General Secretary Prakash Karat said that the left parties are ready for a debate on the issue.

The CAG report on the coal block allocation said that the exchequer lost Rs. 1.85 lakh crore because of non-transparency in the allocation of coal blocks.

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