New Delhi, Sep 12 (): In order to put pressure on the ruling government over the Coalgate issue, a number of senior BJP leaders met President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday seeking his interference regarding the disrespect caused to them by some Congress leaders.
BJP high command L K Advani said, “The BJP members informed President Pranab Mukherjee to interfere and instruct the Congress government to maintain discipline on the CAG as it might harm legitimate values.” The President should educate them not to accuse the CAG, said Advani to reporters after meeting the President.
Advani also added that the party’s fight against corruption shall exist in and out of the parliament. All the top leaders of the BJP party met the President making a demand on the issue. They also wished to cancel the coal blocks allocated from 1993 to 2008. The BJP also demanded a legal probe into the coal block allocation, said sources.
While challenging the BJP, Congress on the other hand announced that it is ready for a public debate on the coal block issue, hesitated from coming to the defence of party MPs who were found to be guilty of alleged irregularities in coal block allocation.
Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad termed the BJP to have master minded the rumours and was successful in spreading unwanted rumour against the UPA II government over coal block allotments.
“At the time of Emergency, the BJP had behaved similarly by criticizing and threatening the Congress members and also had accused late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi receiving kickbacks in the Bofors gun deal. They have been practicing this method for long for getting publicity on non-issues,” said Azad.
“Let the truth be flashed out. If it has confidence let them challenge. Let the people of the country decide whose face is blackened with coal, ”said Congress spokesperson Manish Tiwari.
The monsoon session was continuously disrupted by the Opposition party demanding the resignation of the PM.