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Introspect and resign, BJP tells PM

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Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley during a discussion in the monsoon session, in New Delhi on August 17, 2012.
Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley during a discussion in the monsoon session, in New Delhi on August 17, 2012.

The Bharatiya Janata Party on Friday asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to “introspect and resign” in the wake of the adverse CAG reports.

Focusing on the Rs. 1.86 lakh crore presumptive loss indicated by the official auditor in coal block allocation between 2005 and 2009, party leaders Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley argued that since Dr. Singh held charge of the Coal Ministry during a part of the period, he had to accept “direct responsibility” for the scam.

The report on “coal-gate” revealed “a mix of policy paralysis, inefficiency and corrupt motives,” they said adding, “It is this mix which caused the huge wrongful loss.”

They also said the PMO’s direct role was established by a September 2004 note authored by it, highlighting the difficulties of allocation through competitive bidding. “This note was intended to favour those who made windfall gains from the discretionary system.”

For its part, the Congress hit back at both the CAG and the BJP, saying the auditor’s findings bristled with inconsistencies and revealed a lack of understanding of the basics of development economics.

Talking unofficially to reporters, a senior party functionary accused the CAG of behaving like a “hero” and trying to score “brownie points” against the government.

The tone was more restrained at the formal press briefing. Congress spokesperson Manish Tiwari said the government was totally transparent in the allocations and a deeper scrutiny of the facts would establish this. “We must wait for the PAC to scrutinise the findings and present its report to Parliament.”

Mr. Tiwari charged the BJP with double standards. “When the CAG indicts any State government of the BJP, the party takes the stand that the reports must go to the PAC. But when the CAG report is against the Centre, it sees no reason to wait for the PAC. We reject such irresponsible and unsubstantiated allegations.” He pointed out that BJP-ruled States were taken on board on the allocations

The BJP rebutted this forcefully. Ms. Swaraj and Mr. Jaitley said that having taken a decision in favour of competitive bidding in June, 2004, the government could not escape responsibility now. “It is for the government to explain why its decision was not taken to its logical conclusion.”

In a statement, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) asked the Prime Minister to explain to Parliament and the nation “why the modus operandi for transparent allocations was not worked out.” It demanded identification and punishment of “all those guilty of siphoning off huge resources.” It asked the government to frame future guidelines with Parliament’s approval.

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it's very bad to see that even after doing so many scams and so many
misdeeds, congress is still ruling the government. It's a time when
people of India should wake up and chose a political party which does
not have any intention of making money through it. We need patriots
now, who are ready to sacrifice everything for the country. we need
people who really see in their dreams India becoming one of the great
powers in the world and not just give fake assurances like what current
government is doing.
Before all this resignation of MMS is must. He does not deserve to be a
PM now!
Jai hind!

from:  vivek patil
Posted on: Aug 23, 2012 at 20:47 IST

The scams have become many and they are to be checked definitely. But stalling the Parliament without discussion is not good. In addition to coalgate many things are held up which need discussion in parliament. The PM's resignation will not solve the problem. Only next elections are to be targetted to have better people in the Govt.

from:  D.Ramakrishnan
Posted on: Aug 23, 2012 at 20:08 IST

quite a few of readers have reacted strongly to this. I am surprised.
see corruption is well organised acceptable crime in our county where
everyone in chain of command is involved. otherwise, it can not work.

Clerks and Babus are collection agency for senior bureaucrats. senior
bureaucrats oblige with major share to ministers thru agents/power
brokers. Ministers turn over this collected sum to chief minister(if
state) or prime minister or whoever is party president or in power.
This is how it works. everyone retains some money and rest goes to
higher powers.
If chief minister, central minister and prime minister do not take
money, its not possible to have widespread corruption in this country.

If someone is caught or face charges, its not because some honest CBI
is in charge or honest vigilance department is catching him. its
because he may have not shared his loot with higher power properly.
or simply from time to time, powers have to show to gullible public
that they are agaist it.

from:  Mayur
Posted on: Aug 23, 2012 at 19:36 IST

Whatever the provocation stalling parliment is not one of the agitation
methods.this should be stopped by law.Speaker should be enpowered to
enforce discpline in the house Paties or individuals blocking the
functioning of parliment have no place there and should be thrown out
till they behave

from:  M.K.B.Nambiar
Posted on: Aug 23, 2012 at 19:17 IST

For all who think, CAG is right always, you are so ignorant as a new
born. There are mechanical steps followed in allocating coal blocks.
It is very obvious best bidders attains the blocks. Look at the list
provided, all are giant companies, they naturally have advantage over
others, I have read the report. It calculates losses based on
compounding techniques of finance, in other words, a simple
approximate hypothetical number.

If a person like Manmohan Singh can be proved to be seemingly involved
in a scam, I have no doubt that CAG is skewed or biased or corrupt. We
are living in India, friends, you have to realize most of them can be
bribed here, including CAG. We, as a country, are going to get doomed
sooner or later. So, please stop nitpicking, and start living with it.
Because, we are Indians. Power of corruption has always got a higher
hand here. Media - stop giving heart attacks by just providing numbers
with no proper insights. It just explodes the issue.

from:  Krishnaraj
Posted on: Aug 23, 2012 at 19:15 IST

can anyone answer who is responsible for losses due to curruption,adjourment of parliment ?

from:  munzir
Posted on: Aug 23, 2012 at 18:22 IST

is it the same cingress party of mahatma gandhi, sardar patel,lal bahadur shastri and many more who sacrificed everything for the sake of mother land ? on the contrary loot and causing loss to state exchequer is the hall-mark of present congress.

from:  ashok
Posted on: Aug 23, 2012 at 17:47 IST

“Yes, I have talked to her a little bit,” ...I am trying to settle it by tomorrow (also). Let’s see....what does the minister mean ?” What the heck goes behind closed doors...BJP or Congress that all seems to collude together. Damn, India needs a revolution.

from:  Mohammed Sheik
Posted on: Aug 23, 2012 at 17:32 IST

Finally some words of sensibility from Ramprasath and Mukesh. Why we have the habit of just jumping into conclusion without looking into the whole picture? I bet if the coal in question here would have been of higher price because of the bidding, then there would have been another cry of looting the Aam Aadmi. All these kind of incidents makes the government doubt on its own actions and further restricts it in taking any steps towards reforms. I certainly agree that the Government has failed here to explain the situation and just keeping mute would make the matters worse, but I feel even then the people would not try to understand and would start their hue and cry.

from:  Piyush Gurung
Posted on: Aug 23, 2012 at 17:31 IST

I don't agree with the argument that it's Govt prerogative to fix rates. The Govt has to be run like a business; we need to invest in infrastructure, health, education, power and agricultural reforms etc which require huge money. Why would anybody require free service? We have to convert some quarter of our useless population to skilled workers, only then we can alleviate poverty - not just by introducing 'food-security' bill (another vote bank politics). People have tried to defend the super scammer of 2G here - pity! You guys are more dangerous than the scammer himself.

from:  Sasi
Posted on: Aug 23, 2012 at 17:24 IST

Seems BJP also getting the black dust of coalgate leading to end the "tamaasha" of PM's resignation. All are same...

from:  Manish
Posted on: Aug 23, 2012 at 16:51 IST

Its not all about clean image of a person, if you are not able run the
govt smoothly one should think it out that whether he capable or not for
the job.At the same it would not solve the entire problem if PM resigns
rather Parties should allow the House to function and debate and decide
proper inquiry and make sure guilty be met proper punishment...

from:  Santhosh Juvvaka
Posted on: Aug 23, 2012 at 16:40 IST

PM has been blissfully a silent spectator to all the scams taking place under his nose and feels quite secure of his job under the guise of personal integrity and simultaneously the ruthless ministers make a hey exhibiting him as a showcase.High time this PM introspects and quits and retains his image for a peaceful retreat from public life.

from:  satyanarayana
Posted on: Aug 18, 2012 at 22:29 IST

I agree with Ramprasath. Tomorrow you will say government has not done
the competitive bidding for lands given to industries,hospitals
etc...and then estimate losses. This is not the way a govt is run.second
thing, what hurts is the silence. Government should speak out and
clarify people that what is truth and what is not.

from:  Mukesh
Posted on: Aug 18, 2012 at 21:20 IST

First of all we can't run a government as a money making industry ,we shouldn't estimate the amount of loss occured becoz of govt decision , yes govt loose millions of crores for concession for industries. we are accepting tax concession for employed professions , free benifits etc etc , if govt stop giving all these benifits govt can earn crores of money , its a govt way of rule the country ,its not profit making organisation ,

Earlier we used to pay for incoming calls in mobiles , now we pay less than paise for second becoz the spectrum was open to everyone , now as per the court order govt will give it to higher price on the basis of highest bidder and we have to pay more .
if the coal blocks were allocated and sold on bidding or highest price we must pay high cost for electricity , are we ready to pay that ?
Always industries using the loop holes in govt and start making money , we can punish them .

from:  ramprasath T
Posted on: Aug 18, 2012 at 12:49 IST

Congress Policy of Garibi Hatao worked out good for Amabanis, Big Industrilists, Rich People and Congress allies, all are now above above & above BPL limits. Also they are following all the policies by the predecessors Why PM has to resign

from:  Heyram
Posted on: Aug 18, 2012 at 10:25 IST

Atleast now someone take moral credibility of the loss. Why is that the government always finds fault in the CAG auditing procedure? If the CAG is wrong, then why did the the CAG's American counterpart praised them for their best practices? If this is the case by end of 2013 Indian would have been looted of all the money.
With the losses of the Coal Block Allocation and the 2G spectrum we could have interlinked the rivers in India and we can make Agriculture revolution in our country. What is the use of the money stashed up in the swiss Banks?

from:  Alagurajan Karunakaran
Posted on: Aug 18, 2012 at 10:11 IST

I will not be surprised now if the Congress will bring about a law to clip the "wings" of CAG like they are trying to do for judiciary or better they will dig out the past of the incumbent CAG to publsh his personal misdeeds if any as they are doing in the case of ANNA team or Ramdev. Already CAG is being named "hero" and other terms by Congress.

from:  MVJRao
Posted on: Aug 18, 2012 at 03:35 IST

If Mr. Yeddyurappa could resign and be charged for corruption in mining
scams, I wonder why our pathetic PM Manmohan Singh cannot be. Please
stop calling him honest, if this is the honesty that he can show, it
would be better for the Congress to leave along with him as well. I just
hope Prashant Bhushan and Dr. Subramanaiam Swamy team up again and put
all these looters to Tihar jail.

from:  Madhav
Posted on: Aug 18, 2012 at 02:28 IST

For once the BJP has said something sensible. The PM was holding the coal protfolio at that time and he cannot find a scape goat for this as he had been doing in other cases of scam, including 2G spectrum case. If he has any faith in democratic principles, let alone self-respect, he should resign not only as the Prime Minister but from parliament also.

from:  Mohanraj
Posted on: Aug 18, 2012 at 01:55 IST

every thing govt touches ends up as some scam. i am wasting my time trying to work 9-5 job to make money........

from:  Ravi
Posted on: Aug 18, 2012 at 01:17 IST

The APEX Court - The Supreme Court of India must act now and hang few such Politicians from Congress so that Citizen of India have some trust on Judiciary. Because a topic like this is not false and Judiciary must not seek any evidence henceforth to punish culprits. Be it Coal, 2G, CWG, Agriculture, Gas, Land,/Real Estates, Electricity and every bit of Natural Resources that our Country hold which belongs to its Citizens. i/we pay tax and have right to appeal APEX Court here in this page to file Criminal Charges on the behest of this article to Congress and Central Government. if i've been asked for my hourly report by my employer why not Government of India and its Employees' be answerable for such an acts.

from:  Sampath R
Posted on: Aug 18, 2012 at 01:14 IST

The Congress Government must resigned fully. If not, it
must thrown out of office.

from:  S.Gonesh
Posted on: Aug 18, 2012 at 01:13 IST

one feels only pain for this plunder. when earth is on brink of ecological collapse, the waters and lands are been polluted and looted; we as citizens of india have failed. we have failed by promoting corruption, peeing on the sacrifices of those leaders and fighters who fought for "independence". pointless to blame present politicians-what we practice in private, we are seeing grand scale in public. if god were to impart justice to our people-he/she would just allow a meteor to hit us and wipe out most of us and still deliver half of the justice to this ailing mother that we call earth.

from:  moloy
Posted on: Aug 18, 2012 at 00:53 IST

first-kudos to the auditor. second-let all media across country for once act fully, responsibily and truthfully to remove the corruption from our system. it is not congress, jharkand mukti morcha, mayawati's BSP or BJP-it is everywhere like a plague, locust. let us clean up the system-clean ourselves by rejecting corruption-even if it is of one rupee. let us not pay extra-to gov elecricians, conductors, for issuing licences, schools, colleges, water, electricity, everything. let the people of nation go not consume a single product provided by government-reject roads, dams, water, electricity till every bureaucrat vows to act clean, citizen pledges to act clean...can we-reallly can we???

from:  mtg
Posted on: Aug 18, 2012 at 00:46 IST

It has been a season of MMS[not Man Mohan Singh but Multiple Mega
Scams].PM will not take any responsibility,moral or political.He is a
clever person.His actions have caused HUGE loss to the nation.Now
denials will be there.CAG's report will be questioned.There will be
massive cover up operations.NDA's past actions will be cited in
defence. There will be untenable arguments.Party will close its ranks
and rise as one man to defend the undefendable.There will be feeble
response from CVC.CBI will go into deep slumber.Intellectuals and
friendly journalists will be out sourced.
Nobody will ever know the gains made by the kings.

from:  S.Srinivasan
Posted on: Aug 18, 2012 at 00:41 IST

Grabbing of the nation's exchequer by political miscreants to fill their treasures ,accelerate to fillip economic conspiracy followed by national economic backdrop.(CAG report over coalgate allocation).its the improper use of their profile power to take our nation towards another national this not a right of common man to think about this report, wake up ...

from:  Mohammad iliyas Bilagi
Posted on: Aug 18, 2012 at 00:41 IST

Earlier, if someone says a "scam" then the figures in our mind will be some hundred to thousand crores. But now this UPA II has given a broader definition for a scam..i.e lakh crores. Now if someone say that there is a scam of some 100 crores, people won't even mind that.

from:  Tulasi Ram
Posted on: Aug 18, 2012 at 00:32 IST

This is a stranggling of Democracy... How these ministers and corrupt politicians are let scot free? Is constitution meant for downtrodden? We are losing faith in Constitution and overall Indian Administration from top to tip! Supreme Court, High Court, Legislation, Parliament, all look good on paper only!

Posted on: Aug 18, 2012 at 00:05 IST

this is totally ridiculous...what is happening in india....we were
listening about number of scams in which the ministers were involved...
and now this COAL which our prime minister himself is
involved...its a sham....i am afraid abt where is the country's progress
going ....i cant see my country a super power in coming years...if p.m
is found totally involved in this case ..he should only resign but also
should b put behind bars like the case of raja and suresh kalmadi...

from:  raghav sharma
Posted on: Aug 17, 2012 at 23:55 IST

I'm aghast at the impunity with which the UPA has indulged in such massive looting of
the country in such a systematic and ruthless manner. This perhaps has no parallel in
the entire history of the entire world! This certainly alls for the government to be
thrown out lock, stock and barrel - not just the cabinet but the numerous officials that
must have taken active part in the plunder. And the companies that benifited from
these scams should be punished most severely in addition to being forced to cough up
all the gains. In fact, the biggest culprits among the corporates should perhaps be
forced into liquidation.

from:  Suresh Kumar Bopparaju
Posted on: Aug 17, 2012 at 23:04 IST

After getting embroiled in the the 2G scam, the Manmohan Singh government is now knee-
deep in trouble on its decisions on coal block allocations. In the latest scam the PM cannot
put the blame on a cabinet colleague since in this case he himself was the minister in charge
of the coal ministry when the questioned decisions were made on coal block allocations.
Dr.Singh should resign immediately as Prime Minister and question legally the CAG's
findings as a citizen not in office.

from:  K.Vijayakumar
Posted on: Aug 17, 2012 at 22:12 IST

CAG is a Constitutional Institution known for its professional working style and impeccable integrity that it has shown in recent years while doing its job the findings of which have been vindicated even by the Supreme Court when hundred odd licences were cancelled in connection with 2G Spectrum allocation.It appears by what has been known as of now this issue will follow the same trajectory.
The Government,instead of rejecting the report prejudicially, should make it a point to study the report in proper perspective and bring all those who are responsible for this economic malfeasance causing loss to the government exchequer.On the other hand to hold the Prime Minister Vicariously responsible under the stated circumstances for this lapse of Coal Ministry or the PMO,though legally justified is morally unconvincing in view of the proven personal integrity that he commands which is rare among the politicians what he is definitely not.

from:  R.R Prabhakar
Posted on: Aug 17, 2012 at 21:54 IST

What we need now is a man with a baton. Someone should come up and take control of this whole situation. Yet it is too early to say that Mr.Prime Minister is directly involved in this scam as his earlier image speaks a lot about him but still a man like him who just tries to evade the questions regarding scams and is not known for strong decisions should step down now. And after today's long session and discussion on CAG's report I wonder what our President has to say. And especially after his earlier speech on the eve of independence.

from:  sourjya roy
Posted on: Aug 17, 2012 at 21:50 IST

Mahatma Gandhi was of the considered opnion that the Indian National Congess which came into being primarily to liberate India and Indians from the shackles of slavery from British Imperialism, had lived its true utility and eloquent existence and therefore should be disbanded with immediate effect to preserve its unique historical identity.
The Mahatma had also suggested that those Congressmen who so desired, may form separate political outfits or join existing political parties in Indepedent India.
The time has now truly and surely arrived for the Aam Aadmi of India to finally draw the curtains on this once monolithic party which is a pale shadow of its former self, seeped as it is clearly evident, in mindless corruption, atrocious apathy and insensitivity towards the general public who have elected them to govern the country for 57 years out of 64 years of Independence and above all buckling under the pressure of sinister elements who have wrought havoc on the body fabric of India

from:  Shyamal Pal
Posted on: Aug 17, 2012 at 21:48 IST

Long live the world bank agent and the economic hitman of India

from:  KC
Posted on: Aug 17, 2012 at 21:41 IST

It high time people should accept if nothing atleast some lapses. The
biggest threat to national security isnt from outside, it is from
inside. Corruption is on major hurdle. Political parties only should
lead india out this, else a bigger crisis isnt too far. A fundamental
shift is needed in political parties, from being power and money hungry
to be a role model of administration.

from:  Vinay
Posted on: Aug 17, 2012 at 21:37 IST

Wouldn't it be easier to say Rs. 1860 Billion instead of Rs. 1.86 Lakh Crore? :)

from:  apml
Posted on: Aug 17, 2012 at 21:18 IST

BJP has only one job that is malign the govt for any thing & every thing, it would be better if they look into their own backyard

from:  hardev singh
Posted on: Aug 17, 2012 at 21:08 IST

One thing I don't understand is what is the 'Constitutional mandate'
that Government says CAG has exceeded. I believe Art 148- Art 152 are
the articles related to the office of CAG, but I am not enough of an
expert to know whether these article warrant the audit of Policy
issues, is that why government is not happy? I think "The Hindu" would
be doing its reader a favor if there could be some opinion/editorial on
the Office of CAG and how it has evolved and what duties does the
Constitution lays down for the CAG.

from:  Abhishek
Posted on: Aug 17, 2012 at 20:18 IST

Question is: Will the PM's resignation bring back the huge losses the country has suffered? Can the CBI conduct free and fair investigations into the scam, only after his resignation?

Isn't it ridiculous that these ministers do not care about finding solutions to the problems the people face? Just change of power, and then the loot begins all over again!

Congress and BJP, I do not believe in your ability to run this country. All of you, please resign, accept your failures and go home! We will not punish you...

from:  Aditi P
Posted on: Aug 17, 2012 at 20:07 IST

What is the actual productivity of this CAG.AGS UPSC and other Civil Services to the Indian Common public?This should be assessed by an independent body.It looks like this watch dog body like Central Information commission barks after the thief leaves the scene.

Posted on: Aug 17, 2012 at 20:05 IST

But the larger question is who will be prime minister if Manmohan
Everybody is equally corrupt. In fact all are moving with great sense of

from:  shashi ranjan
Posted on: Aug 17, 2012 at 20:02 IST

I am dying to hear Kapil Sibal as there is again a ZERO loss in
coal block allocation as was in 2G spectrum.

from:  Vineet Kumar Singh
Posted on: Aug 17, 2012 at 19:58 IST

congress party once again shows that how corrupt it is.

from:  sanjay choudhary
Posted on: Aug 17, 2012 at 19:50 IST

Of course PM is morally responsible for what happened. But what if BJP
was in power? It is interesting to know that Rajasthan CM Vasundhara
Raje of the BJP wrote a letter to PM urging him to continue with the
screening process and not to adopt auction in case of coal blocks. It
was not just the BJP, even the chief secretary of the CPIM led West
Bengal government wrote a letter to the PMO, supporting the screening

from:  BIPIN T V
Posted on: Aug 17, 2012 at 19:41 IST

This time Manmohan Singh cannot escape from resigning as he held the portfolio for most of the time. It tantamounts to whole thing happened under his nose and he is absolved of punishment. In fact he should own moral responsibility even he did not benefit monetarily or in any other way. We know he is good man, we still believe he might not have recieved any benefits, but as a good statesman he need to own it as part of accuntability and tender the resignation.

from:  Srinivas Narayandas
Posted on: Aug 17, 2012 at 19:38 IST

looting looting and looting....what UPA is doing since past 8 years...
Commonwealth SCAM, 2G SCAM, Airport SCAM, COAL SCAM....and many more
How much people trusted them and put them in centre, Now they do not deserve to be in centre at all...
Absolute shame....Absolute shame...Absolute shame.

from:  dushant ahuja
Posted on: Aug 17, 2012 at 19:29 IST

For God's sake quit and take rest for the sake of posterity.

from:  S .Venkateswaran
Posted on: Aug 17, 2012 at 18:56 IST
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