Bharatiya Janata Party national secretary Capt. Abhimanyu said on Thursday that the BJP would take the battle over coalgate from Parliament to the roads, if the Union government did not concede its demands.

Addressing a press conference here, he said the government was reluctant to take action though coalgate was the largest instance of corruption in terms of magnitude. The BJP had demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, cancellation of allotment of coal blocks, and a high-level probe into the whole scam. If the government did not act on the demands, the national executive of the party meeting on September 26 and 27 would consider direct action, he said.

Capt. Abhimanyu said the Union government had lost the moral right to continue in office. The party was not demanding a general election specifically. However, action was needed to induct transparency, propriety and probity into administration. The party wanted accountability and recovery of money lost to the exchequer.

He said the Chief Ministers of BJP-rules States with coal deposits had not opposed auction of coal blocks. They had written letters to the Centre seeking allotment or auction of the coal blocks so that their States could get royalty.

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