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End to Parliament impasse unlikely

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Coal loaded railway wagons at Bhubaneswar station. The deadlock over missing files of Coal block allocations is likely to continue on Thursday when Parliament re-convenes after a day’s break. File photo: Ashoke Chakrabarty
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Coal loaded railway wagons at Bhubaneswar station. The deadlock over missing files of Coal block allocations is likely to continue on Thursday when Parliament re-convenes after a day’s break. File photo: Ashoke Chakrabarty

Govt. may not accept demand for PM’s statement

The deadlock over missing files of coal block allocations is likely to continue on Thursday when Parliament re-convenes after a day’s break. For, the government is unlikely to accept the demand of the Opposition for a statement from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

The continued standoff inside and outside Parliament has put a question mark over passage of the Food Security Bill as time is running out for the Congress with only eight days of sitting left this session.

The row is also likely to cast a shadow on the passage of the pension and insurance Bills. Both the government and the BJP had reached an understanding on the passage of these Bills.

But “we want the PM to make a statement as to how the very important files, crucial to Coalgate investigation, have gone missing. The missing files raise a serious question on efforts to save someone. Since the Prime Minister held the Coal portfolio, we expect a serious reply from him,” BJP Deputy Leader in the Rajya Sabha Ravi Shankar Prasad said.

At an all-party meeting convened by Speaker Meira Kumar on Tuesday, Congress floor managers ruled out the possibility of Dr. Singh making a statement. They said Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal had made a statement and was ready to give further clarifications, if required.

However, CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta and members of other Left parties suggested a way out: Mr. Jaiswal be allowed to make a statement, following which the Speaker could allow a discussion on the issue. Dr. Singh could intervene and put across his point of view. The Congress floor managers sought time to discuss the issue with the leadership and said they would come back with a response.

“The government can also seek the help of the Comptroller and Auditor-General to get crucial information about the missing files as it had done a scrutiny of the coal blocks concerned and given its recommendations. But there seems to be no will on the part of the government to bring out the truth,” Mr. Dasgupta said.

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The investigation of the COALGATE is no doubt important. But there could be several such issues that may arise during the investigation. Should the opposition hold up the debate on important Bills just to score some points and allow the country to ransom? The opposition has always maintained a different stand on the Coalgate as their own party ruled States are also involved and the missing files largely relate to the period when they were in power! Will their erstwhile Minister of Coal stand up and speak? The negative role of the bJP on economic issues is maybe because they have no clear policy on such matters.

from:  S.N.Iyer
Posted on: Aug 22, 2013 at 09:14 IST

The coal block scam is a big stigma on india during the UPA regime. Pm should take the onus of clearification of missing files. The big fall of indian rupee now a days have the roots in these worst scams. Guilty must be punished severly

from:  Ajay Kumar
Posted on: Aug 22, 2013 at 07:52 IST

In recent times it started with Bofors issue to save high and mighty in congress and for this parliament it ends with Coal scam again to save the mighty in congress circle from positive embarassment!

from:  atis
Posted on: Aug 22, 2013 at 06:57 IST

Missing of files crucial to the Coal Gate investigation is certainly looks it is deliberately done.surely it is not destroyed
but hidden.Where is the question.CBI can look in to this

from:  M K B Nambiar
Posted on: Aug 22, 2013 at 06:54 IST

The present government has gone one step further down along a dictatorship, than the Indira Gandhi emergency.They are now destroying or removing files of importance. If the PM was in charge of Coal Ministry at that time is it not his responsibility to respond to a legitimate call for truth?

from:  subbanarasu divakaran
Posted on: Aug 22, 2013 at 02:39 IST

Simple logic says the accused and the investigators should be different, its like asking the family of theif to investigate his robbery.

from:  Aditya
Posted on: Aug 22, 2013 at 01:18 IST

when the central govt of india doesn't know how to keep even files in
safe custody how it can safe-guard our national borders/protect at least the people of india who voted them to power.Even a municipal
office staff of ours will feel shy to say 'his dept.files are missing/untraceable".By uttering such things what sort of message
the central sending to the federal structures&its various arms of governance.This shows nothing less than arrogance

from:  ramachandrasekaran
Posted on: Aug 22, 2013 at 00:03 IST

More than 200 files holding crucial data are missing and our Prime
Minister is hiding his face. What could be more shameful.

from:  dalchand agrawal
Posted on: Aug 21, 2013 at 23:11 IST
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