The Bharatiya Janata Party on Sunday said Team Anna raising the issue of alleged corruption in allocation of coal blocs was a “natural consequence” of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh “shying away” from replying to the opposition’s demands for a clarification in Parliament.
“It is a natural consequence of the Prime Minister shying away from making a statement in Parliament when Opposition had raised the issue on the floor of the House... we are happy about it,” BJP spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy said in New Delhi.
He said that he had moved an adjournment motion in the Rajya Sabha on May 22, 2012.
“Though the Question Hour was adjourned, the government did not come out with a statement... Now when Team Anna made the allegation, he chose his visit to Myanmar to react to it. Now he (the Prime Minister) is answerable to the crowd on the streets. He is answerable to a bigger forum,” he said.
He was reacting to the Team Anna and Baba Ramdev raking up the issue of coal bloc allocation at their joint fast at Jantar Mantar.
Mr. Rudy said it was the BJP which had first raised the issue of alleged irregularities in allocation of coal blocs and black money being stashed abroad.