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‘BJP beginning to look intellectually dishonest’: Salman Khurshid

New Delhi, Aug 27 (ANI): Union Law and Justice Minister Salman Khurshid on Monday alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is now looking intellectually dishonest and confused in its mind.

Khurshid criticized the BJP for not allowing Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh to speak in Parliament over the CAG report on coal blocks allocation.

“If the PAC report cannot be discussed, the Prime Minister cannot make a statement then what’s going on for the last so many days. Sadly, the Bharatiya Janata Party is now only showing a confusion of its mind, they are also now beginning to look intellectually dishonest because they have not categorically said what is the reasonable thing they would expect the Parliament to do. They are doing unreasonable things and they are only speaking of an unreasonable thing,” said Khurshid.

“So, everything should be done the way they want it to be done and then they will have a discussion is not acceptable and will not be acceptable to any reasonable person,” he added.

Khurshid further said the UPA Government is at the moment making efforts to ensure that correct information is disseminated widely as possible.

“And obviously as you know that there is a constraint on us because parliament is still in session. There are certain things that can only be said to Parliament and the Prime Minister has said in his statement today,” said Khurshid.

“We are working to ensure that the house continues to do what it is supposed to do, but the opposition has an equal responsibility with the government. The government is doing its best. We cannot compromise with our principles or principles of parliamentary procedure,” he added, when asked to comment on the UPA’s future strategy.

Meanwhile, senior BJP leader Jaswant Singh said it was completely incorrect for the Prime Minister to make a statement in the Parliament over coal scam.

“Personally, I think for any minister or anybody to make a statement on the CAG’s report inside the house is absolutely wrong because at any forum the CAG’s report can be discussed is the Public Accounts Committee,” he said.

The Prime Minister, who explained his government’s stand on the coal allocation controversy in the Lok Sabha today, said that “any allegations of impropriety are without basis and unsupported by the facts”.

Dr. Singh said the findings of the CAG that the country lost thousands of crores because coal blocks were assigned without an auction are “disputable and will be challenged”.

“I appeal to the opposition to come back to the house and debate the issue,” he added.

The Prime Minister was, however, inaudible as the BJP shouted loudly, demanding his resignation, extending the strategy that it adopted all of last week to paralyse Parliament.

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

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

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