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Coal scam is monumental: BJP

Statesman News Service |

press trust of india
New Delhi, 2 September
The Main Opposition BJP today once again targeted Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the Rajya Sabha on missing files pertaining to coal mines allocation saying the scam is “monumental” and demanded that he clarify on it.
Raising the issue during Zero Hour, Mr Prakash Javadekar (BJP) said two days ago, the Prime Minister said he was not the custodian of files whereas the Opposition believed “he is not only the custodian of files but also the custodian of the nation but not performing both the tasks well.”
“It is a monumental scam and occurred when the Prime Minister was the coal minister ~ PM should give a statement on this,” Mr Javadekar said, demanding to know whether any FIR was lodged in the missing files issue despite the Surpeme Court asking for it.
Amid attack over missing files pertaining to allocation of coal mines, the Prime Minister had on 30 August said in the Rajya Sabha, “I am not the custodian of files in the coal ministry.”
Dissatisfied with the reply, Mr Javadekar launched a scathing attack on the government saying it “is doing a massive cover up” and sought the PM’s statement on it.
He said, unfortunately the Committee, formed by Coal Minister, Mr  Sriprakash Jaiswal included a Joint Secretary level officer who is charged with changing the files with the Central Bureau of Investigation.
This is like handing over the keys of the treasury to the accused, Mr Javadekar said, adding that they  demand that such people should not be kept who were instrumental in changing the files.”
As he said that the scam has “smeared the face of the government” and continued to target the PM, members from treasury benches countered him while BJP members shouted “shame-shame”.
Mr Ravi Shankar Prasad (BJP) joined Mr Javadekar saying, “There was a discussion on it but the PM’s clarifications are pending. This is a monumental scam.”
Mr Prasad said the Prime Minister should make a statement, which saw Minister of State, Mr Rajeev Shukla as well as some Congress members retorting that Singh has already replied twice on the issue.
Deputy Chairman P J Kurien interrupted saying, “It is not the fault of the PM. The PM had come.”
However, Bharatiya Janata Party  members kept shouting slogans like “Prime Minister jawab do” (Prime Minister reply) with Purushottam Khodabhia Rupala saying the party will continue to raise the issue of missing files till the time they were recovered.