New Delhi, Aug 29 (IBNS): The Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) held their ground on Wednesday, attacking each other once again over the purported coal block allocation scandal, as the crisis that has stalled the country’s parliament showed no signs of thawing.
No signs of a revival of the proceedings of both the houses of the Parliament that have been stalled for a more than week and stand adjourned till Thursday, were seen on Wednesday.
Defending the government on the stand, Union Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal on Wednesday slammed right-wing BJP and said it will 'kill' democracy by not allowing the Parliament to function.
"BJP will kill democracy by not allowing Parliament to function," Sibal said while addressing a press conference here on Wednesday.
"The BJP does not think about the nation. They only think about power. The party wants to come to power before 2014," he said.
Sibal said the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government did not maintain 'transparency' in 'allocating coal blocks'.
He slammed senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley and said he should not forget his own history as he had attacked all constitutional institutions in the past.
"We believe that there is no constitutional institution that has not been attacked by Jaitley. I want to remind Jaitley sahab that he should not forget his history," he said.
Sibal urged India's main opposition party to debate on the issue in the Parliament.
He rejected the demand for the cancellation of mine allotments and said that no one benefited from coal allocation as it cannot be sold.
The BJP on Wednesday said the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government should immediately cancel all the allocated coal blocks for the sake of the country.
"Please cancel all the allocated coal blocks immediately. You do it for the sake of the country," BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said while addressing a pess conference here on Wednesday.
"The UPA had the intentions of earning the 'mota maal' (large cash). I congratulate media for bringing out the issue of coalgate," he said.
He urged the media to join the fight against coal scam.
"I congratulate the media for exposing the coal scam one after the other. I urge the media to join us. We can fight the matter together," Javadekar said.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the UPA government are facing continuous attacks from BJP over the coal block allocation issue.
The BJP is demanding the PM's resignation over the issue and disrupted the Parliament for the past few days.
Amid uproar inside the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha and their adjournments, Singh on Monday said the observations of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) on the coal allocations are disputable and they would be challenged in the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).
The BJP criticized Singh over his coal statement in the Parliament and said he was taking refuge to mere words.
The coal report of the CAG has pointed finger at the loss-making coal block allocations when the portfolio was held by Singh.
The report by the CAG said 25 private companies received benefits of around Rs 1.86 lakh crore through of coalblock allocations in various states.