Cong concedes no party leader will be next PM, says BJP

BJP on Saturday said home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde’s remarks that he would be happy if NCP chief Sharad Pawar becomes the prime minister shows that Congress has accepted that Manmohan Singh’s successor will not be from the party.

‘In a way, Shinde has already conceded that no Congress leader will be the next prime minister. He may daydream about who should be prime minister but the people have already reposed their faith in Narendra Modi’s leadership,’ BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said.

The party also lambasted the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for not questioning the ministers of state in the coal ministry and the PMO officials for their alleged role in the coal block allocation scam.

Javadekar said, ‘The CBI inquiry into the coal scam is not progressing as it should be considering the nature of the scam. We are demanding a speedy and fair probe into the coal block allocation scam. Our Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should immediately step down from his post because he had held the coal portfolio from 2006-09, when the allocations in question were made.’

‘It is not our habit to demand his resignation, but there is a rationale behind it. The alleged role of Minister of State for Coal, Dasari Narayan Rao, and Santosh Bagrodia, should be probed by the CBI. The CBI is not taking the probe forward. The money trail in the scam has still not become visible,’ he said.
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