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BJP demands PM’s scalp, Sonia says ‘let them ask’

BJP demands PM’s scalp,  Sonia  says ‘let them ask’
Unfazed by the Opposition attack, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday dismissed the demand for the resignation of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over the coalgate issue.

‘Let them ask’ was the terse response of Gandhi when approached by reporters on the issue after a meeting of the Congress core group headed by her.

The meeting of the core group was convened immediately after both Houses were adjourned over the issue for half an hour in the morning. The meeting, which was also attended by parliamentary affairs minister Kamal Nath discussed the strategy ahead in wake of the Opposition reviving its attack on the government on the coalgate issue and bringing the Prime Minister as well under the target.

Intensifying its attack on the government over the coal block allocation scam, BJP on Tuesday demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and sacking of law minister Ashwani Kumar.

The BJP parliamentary party which met here under the chairmanship of L K Advani passed a resolution in this regard and charged the government with suppressing the truth from coming out in the coal scam.

The opposition party had stalled Parliament on Monday over the issue and demanded that the law minister make a statement on his alleged role in vetting the CBI affidavit for the Supreme Court on the coal scam investigation.

‘The BJP parliamentary party on Tuesday has resolved that in the light of the series of scams and the present way in which the government has sought to suppress the truth from coming out, Dr Manmohan Singh must resign and the law minister Ashwani Kumar must be sacked,’ BJP deputy leader in Rajya Sabha Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters after the meeting.

He said the party has formally demanded that the PM must resign and the law minister be sacked.

Prasad said the party is of the opinion that the UPA government under Singh has ‘destroyed’ and ‘subverted’ every institution in the country.

‘The UPA government first indulges in corruption and then subverts institutions to suppress the truth. It stands exposed before the country. The UPA government has forfeited its right to govern. BJP demands that the Prime Minister and the law minister resign immediately,’ the BJP leader said.


ALL-OUT ATTACK
  • The BJP parliamentary party on Tuesday has resolved that in the light of the series of scams and the present way in which the government has sought to suppress the truth from coming out, Dr Manmohan Singh must resign and the law minister Ashwani Kumar must be sacked, said Ravi Shankar Prasad

  • The UPA government first indulges in corruption and then subverts institutions to suppress the truth. It stands exposed before the country. The UPA government has forfeited its right to govern. BJP demands that the Prime Minister and the law minister resign immediately, the BJP leader said
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