Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj has justified her party’s Parliamentary agitation, and has vowed that its agitation against the centre for its involvement in the Coalgate scandal would continue outside Parliament.
While addressing a joint press conference as the Monsoon session ended , BJP leaders Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley blamed the government for the chaos in Parliament and vowed to take coal blocks allocation issue to the streets.
Addressing a press conference, Swaraj said that disruptions in Parliament began after Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report on coal blocks allocation was tabled.
Addressing a media conference moments after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh slammed the BJP for ‘negating democracy’, Swaraj said that they had made it very clear to both the government and the speaker of the house that they were not willing to debate the CAG report on coal block allocation. She added that they had told the government that they would allow Parliament to function if coal block allocations were cancelled, but that the government had refused.
“The government’s corrupt face has been exposed and this biggest scam by the government has been shown by the BJP”, she added.
BJP leader Arun Jaitley said "Let the Centre institute a commission of inquiry into the coal allocation issue before which the Prime Minister could depose."
Jaitley said that it was now clear that the PM and PMO were guiding the process of coal block allocations. “Coal block allocations were discretionary, arbitrary and to put it simply, done corruptly”, he said.
Saying that the UPA was a regime committed to Kleptocracy, Jaitley alleged that allocations were made to businessmen and politicians linked to the UPA. “Given there were more applicants than resources there should have been auctions. This is a textbook case of crony capitalism”, he said.
NDA to take this agitation to all corners of the country:Advani
Sending out the message that their protest would continue on the streets, MPs from the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) staged a protest in parliament complex on Friday morning, the last day of the monsoon session.
MPs from both Houses belonging to BJP, JD(U), Shiromani Akali Dal and Shiv Sena held the protest demonstration in front of Mahatma Gandhi's statue in Parliament premises on the coal allocation issue.
Advani alleged that the UPA government has been deeply involved in corruption from 2G spectrum to Coalgate and this has angered the people across the country.
"We will take this agitation to all corners of the country," Advani said. Swaraj maintained that till now NDA had been disrupting Parliament on the coal allocation issue and will take this issue further through street protests.
"We have taken a pledge at the Gandhi statue here that we will take this issue to the people. We will take this issue from Parliament to the streets and from village to village,"Swaraj said.
Holding placards that read "On Coalgate issue, Prime Minister should resign", "For a corruption free India, now from Parliament to the streets" and demanding cancellation of coal block allocations, the NDA MPs raised slogans to press for their demands.
NDA Working Chairperson L K Advani, Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj, her Rajya Sabha counterpart Arun
Jaitley, NDA Convenor and JD(U) President Sharad Yadav,Harsimrat Kaur (SAD) and Anant Geete (Shiv Sena) were prominent among those who participated in the protest.
Speaking to reporters later, Advani said, "Today is the last day of the session and so NDA MPs decided to gather here and declare that our agitation for a corruption free India will move from Parliament to the streets. Our target is to make India free of corruption."