Union Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal on Saturday accused the Bharatiya Janata Party of avoiding a debate on the CAG report on coal blocks allocations in Parliament because of its lack of faith in democracy. By not allowing the Parliament to function, the Opposition party lowered the nation’s dignity, he said.

Speaking to reporters after attending the first convocation of the Central University of Rajasthan at Bandar Sindri in Ajmer district, Mr. Sibal said the continuous disruption of proceedings in both Houses would not serve any purpose.

“We want a debate but [it is] they [who] are opposing it. Why are they not open to a discussion on the floor [of the House]?”

Addressing the convocation ceremony, Mr. Sibal said that while higher education in India would meet global standards in this very decade, the entry of foreign educational institutions would be allowed only after framing of guidelines on the basis of the recommendations of the University Grants Commission.