New Delhi, Aug 18 (): While rejecting the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report, the ruling government on Friday claimed that coal block allocation to private firms such as Tata Steel and Jindal Steel were done in an evident manner.
Three new reports by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India enlarged the pressure on the besieged government on Friday. The government came under severe attack after the legal auditor’s report on coal block allocations, implementation of public-private partnership at the Delhi International Airport and the award of ultra-mega power projects (UMPP), was submitted in the Parliament on Friday. The centre was criticized for indulging in favouritism, indiscretion in bidding processes, and causing huge losses to the exchequer.
The BJP demanded Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to reply on the alleged charges to the allocation of coal blocks between 2004 and 2006 at the time of his taking the charge of the coal ministry. “This cannot be considered as a scam alone; it seemed to be case of murder and loot. We need a reply from the Prime Minister on charges made by the CAG,” said Rajiv Pratap Rudy, BJP spokesperson after the report was submitted in the Rajya Sabha.
On its defence, the central government was anxious and pointed that the figures in the reports were not supposed to be the final report. “As far as I am concerned the CAG has not followed its consent which I would like to bring to the notice of the house,” stated Minister of State in the PMO V Narayanasamy while talking to the reporters in Delhi.
The Bharatiya Janata Party demanded the PM to resign his post over the CAG report on coal allocation. “The PM was the person to be responsible for the loss and must resign,” said BJP leader Sushma Swaraj.
The BJP also claimed that the PM after being directly involved in the case cannot hide anything behind. Now neither Raja nor Chidambaram will be used as a shield as in the 2G case,” added Sushma Swaraj.
The UPA rule has been full of corruption; this is the biggest scam ever by the UPA government, termed Arun Jaitely.