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Coalgate uproar: Lok Sabha adjourned till Monday

New Delhi, Aug 24 (ANI): The Lok Sabha has been adjourned till Monday as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) continued to press for Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh’s resignation over the Comptroller and Auditor General’s (CAG) report on coal block allocations.

As the two Houses met for the day, the opposition members trooped into the well raising slogans against the government demanding the Prime Minister’s resignation on the issue. This led to adjournment of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha earlier till noon.

When the Houses re-assembled after the adjournment, there was no change in the atmosphere and the Lok Sabha was adjourned till Monday and the Rajya Sabha till 2.30 pm.

The BJP has held the Prime Minister, who then held direct charge of the Coal Ministry, responsible for what has been estimated as loss of Rs 1.86 lakh crores by the CAG in coal block allocation and demanded his resignation.

The CAG report on coal block allocation states that nearly 150 coalfields were allotted to private and state-run firms without transparency and objectivity between 2005 and 2009. (ANI)