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Updated: August 21, 2012 10:01 IST

We’ll turn up the heat on coalgate: Jaitley

Manas Dasgupta
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BJP leader Arun Jaitley
BJP leader Arun Jaitley

‘We will take the issue up in a big way in Parliament’

Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley on Monday warned the Congress-led UPA government that there would be no respite for it in Parliament from the heat over the “coal scam.” However, his party was with the government on the issue of asking Pakistan to crack the whip on some social networking websites for fomenting unease among people from the northeast, Mr. Jaitley told mediapersons here.

The Opposition would raise coalgate in a big way in Parliament as it was not only one of the biggest scams in the history of the country and but also because Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was “directly liable” for it.

Quoting the CAG report, he said the scandal surpassed even the 2G spectrum scam, the estimated loss to the exchequer going up to Rs 1.86 lakh crore. It covered the period when Dr. Singh himself was Coal Minister for five out of the eight years dealt with in the CAG report. While in the 2G case, Dr. Singh, as Prime Minister, was “morally responsible,” in the coal scam, he was “directly liable.”

‘Migration ignored’

About the situation in the northeast, Mr. Jaitley regretted that the Centre paid no heed to his party’s caution that large-scale “illegal migration” of Bangladeshis was creating problems for India.

“We have been telling the present and past Congress governments that illegal Bangladeshi infiltration [sic] was disturbing the population balance in the northeast and it may erupt in violence, but the Congress did not listen to us.” Regretting the large-scale exodus of northeastern people from various States, as a result of fear spread through SMSs and social networking websites, Mr. Jaitley hoped that peace would be restored soon in all the affected areas and they would return to the places they were studying or working in. “The Centre has made a very important disclosure and we have no reason to disbelieve it. We are one with the government that the trouble is being deliberately instigated in our country at the behest of our western neighbour.”

On other issues, Mr. Jaitley came down heavily on Steel Minister Beni Prasad Verma and Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas R.P.N. Singh for their “lack of knowledge of the reality and for misleading the people.”

Commenting on Mr. Verma’s remarks that he was “happy over inflation because it benefited farmers,” Mr. Jaitley said the Minister was apparently ignorant of the fact that the increasing cost of agricultural inputs had not made their economic conditions better in anyway. In response to Mr. Singh’s claim on Sunday that the Centre was providing the highest amount of gas to Gujarat at the cheapest price, Mr. Jaitley and the State’s Minister of State for Power, Saurabh Patel, challenged the Centre to allocate CNG to Ahmedabad at the same rate it was supplying to Delhi and Mumbai, as had recently been directed by the Gujarat High Court.

“If only price parity is made, we can reduce the gas prices by 30 per cent,” Mr. Patel said.

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A committee should be formed to reverse the all coal allocations made so far.So far concerned to discussion in parliament on the said coal scam and other two concerned scams nothing will come out.We have already seen the results of discussions on 2G scam and other scams.Simply exchange of allegations by congress party.Discussion is the diversionary tactics of the congress party to get ride of the problems as it has been happening in past.

from:  sarvadeosingh
Posted on: Aug 23, 2012 at 17:11 IST

Turn the heat up on the government Mr. Jaitley but please don't annihilate the prospect of a civilized discussion over the issue. Let the UPA have enough opportunity to explain their position. Let them run out of excuses in trying to defend the indefensible. Let them indict themselves. I don't want to see another parliamentary session go waste in heated exchange of arguments, in attempt by one party to score political brownie points over the other. UPA can not be allowed to boomerang the accusations against it to the opposition's intransigence.

from:  Mukul Kanti Dutta
Posted on: Aug 21, 2012 at 21:02 IST

The coalgate scam is the joint venture project of UPA II & BJP. Hence
instead of PM resigning the Cabinet Committee should reverse all
allocations immediately and ensure fresh allocation to respective users
of coal as per market value is allocated and must ensure no middlemen
are involved in the coal dealing. Will UPA II have guts to do and if not
they must resign as a lot and allow fresh election to take place as the
number of scams and looses to nation is very severe under these
politicians of UPA II / WITH SUPPORT OF BJP

from:  PR SRINIVASAN
Posted on: Aug 21, 2012 at 14:56 IST

there is no doubt that Govt. is misleading the nation. Most of the nation doesn't know about 2G Scam and now Giantic colegate because most of the population only craving for their loaf of bread to fill their stomach. When PM of nation is involved in graft what should be the fate of common man. People from the other nation looting away our people from their lands and Govt. Paid no heed only to make vote bank. this is only our mistake we elected these corrupt people for short term benefits.

from:  vipesh
Posted on: Aug 21, 2012 at 10:46 IST

And, thereby make money for you and your party, and mislead people. After forming govt. you, the Mahapandit, will forget people and device NDA and all such things to deviate from promises made to people and start feathering your caps in the name of coalition dharma. I do not belong to any political party.

from:  satchidananda
Posted on: Aug 21, 2012 at 10:11 IST

(1) Opposition should demand reversal of decisions which give undue favours to any private sector consumers of coal. Citizens want losses to be eliminated or brought down to the minimum and not in resignations of ministers. BJP appears to be more interested in deriving political benefits from coal scam. However, what is more important than PM’s resignation is the appointment of a permanent regulator for the Coal sector to ensure that supplies of coal to the power generation companies and other industries are not affected and also to curb profit making in coal allocations. (2) BJP and other parties should try to balance the interests of both the consumers and farmers, by ensuring that middlemen do not make undue gains in shortage situations. (3) As regards migration from Bangladesh, citizens want a permanent solution to end the menace.

from:  Narendra M Apte
Posted on: Aug 21, 2012 at 08:37 IST

It is good to raise the point but pushing it too far to block working
is bad. BJP should come up with suggestions as how these mistakes can be
avoided in future instead of stopping work.

from:  P.Tauro
Posted on: Aug 21, 2012 at 06:40 IST

There are still a few people,like Vinod Rai,CAG for whom probity in
public life is an important personal trait. Insenstive to the scams that have surfaced,and displaying arrogance of power,the Govt
has long lost its moral right to rule.

from:  G.Narayanaswamy
Posted on: Aug 21, 2012 at 06:36 IST

Hope BJP will walk the talk. We the citizens need answers. Why like this? Why was the list of black money account holders with Swiss bank not made public? Why did we let them transfer money elsewere? Who all are protected by this inaction? We are sick of this corrupt government. Is BJP ready to take the fight on behalf of citizens? We need a reprive from UPA.

from:  Ayyappa
Posted on: Aug 21, 2012 at 06:31 IST

Damp squib!, BJP is doing all talks with no result. I have lost faith in this party

from:  Swamynathan
Posted on: Aug 21, 2012 at 06:30 IST

If the BJP was even an iota of what it says it is, Congress wouldn;t have been in power till now. Thisis one of the most ineffective oppositions ever, prompting one to think if they have simply been bought over. If the BJP stands for what it says, it should simply blockade the proccedings unless the GoI takes concrete actions to stop this potting of national resources and finds way to get back the monies.

from:  Ashvin
Posted on: Aug 21, 2012 at 03:04 IST
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