After two weeks of paralysis, the storm over the Coalgate issue is expected to wipe out even the last week of Monsoon session of Parliament resuming tomorrow with no apparent signs of resolution of the deadlock.

BJP, which has been demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the wake of the CAG report on coal blocks allocation speaking of undue benefit of Rs 1.86 lakh crore, is unrelenting in its campaign.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi had reached out to Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj to end the deadlock. During the telephonic conversation between the two leaders last night, Swaraj said the Government should announce cancellation of the controversial coal blocks allocation and order an independent inquiry.

An unrelenting BJP said it would continue pressing its demand for the Prime Minister’s resignation inside and outside Parliament.

The Opposition NDA has been further emboldened by protests from Samajwadi Party, TDP and Left parties against the Government on this issue.

“While there have been demands for the resignation of the Prime Minister and a high-level inquiry, now the common minimum denominator is cancellation of the coal blocks allocationsas Samajwadi Party, the Left parties and everybody is demanding it,” BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar told PTI.

He maintained that a majority of those in Parliament are demanding cancellation of coal blocks which is a major development. “Protest (in Parliament) has become people’s protest and nation’s protest,” Javadekar said.

(This article was published on September 2, 2012)
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