Kapil Sibbal defends PM on coal issue, says BJP spreading canard

September 8th, 2012 - 9:35 pm ICT by IANS  

Manmohan Singh Lucknow, Sep 8 (IANS) Defending Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the allocation of coal blocks, Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Kapil Sibbal Saturday dared the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to seek the resignations of its chief ministers on the issue.

“The coal blocks allotment was a state matter and the prime minister has nothing to do with it,” he said at a press conference here.

Sibbal also questioned Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) Vinod Rai’s assessment of loss to the exchequer, saying, “When no coal has been mined then where is the loss”.

“The coal cannot be sold in the market…this right is reserved with the Coal India,” he said.

Accusing the BJP of spreading a canard over the coal blocks issue, he said the opposition party had no right to tarnish the image of the prime minister.

“Jiske mann, niti aur niyat mein hi kalikh ho unhe koyle ki baat nahin karni chahiye (Those whose minds, policies and intentions are blackened they should not talk about coal),” he said.

He added that the UPA had initiated the process of auctioning the coal mines but the BJP-ruled states opposed it bitterly.

He released letters written by chief ministers of Odisha, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh and pointed out that Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had sought cancellation of the previous allotments and demanded that cola blocks be given to entrepreneur Naveen Jindal.

Sibbal also hit out at the BJP for disrupting the monsoon session of parliament.

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