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Govt requests Oppn to come back to Parliament, allow PM to make a statement

New Delhi, Aug 25 (): Disturbed by continues disruption of Parliament by the BJP on the issue of allocation of coal blocks and CAG report on the process, the Central Government on Friday expressed the Comptroller and Auditor-General’s concept of presumptive loss to absolutely false and continued to repeat that there was totally no loss as the coal being referred to is still idle.

“Since 1993 the policy regarding allocation of the coal blocks was more or less the same. Above all the UPA I has performed tremendously by bringing more transparency in the process in 2004 and in addition to that tried to modify the policy in order to make it more transparent by starting the process of competitive bidding. However we are deeply moved for the presumptive loss concept as it is totally false. If coal is not mined, how is it possible to incur loss? The loss will only take place if coal is underestimated,” said Finance Minister P. Chidambaram in a joint press conference along with coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal and Law and Justice Minister Salman Khurshid.

The house was disrupted for the fourth consecutive day with the BJP stuck to its stand by demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the CAG report’s adverse observations on the allocation of coal blocks during 2004-09.

The Finance Minister blamed the opposition especially the BJP for its attitude of not allowing Parliament to function and at the same time is not ready to discuss the issue.” We request the opposition to come back to the House on Monday and to allow the Prime Minister to discuss the matter which could be followed by a debate. We are prepared for the debate. Our only regret is the BJP is not allowing the Prime Minister to make a statement which is causing great concern. I once again request the opposition to come back and discuss the argument in the house,” said Mr Chidambaram.