New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday was left isolated on seeking Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's resignation over the coal block allocations. BJP ally JD(U) said that it wanted a discussion in Parliament on the CAG report even as Trinamool Congress (TMC) Mamata Banerjee turned down the request to join hands against the Prime Minister.
While Mamata said that there was no question of supporting the Opposition for PM's resignation, JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav said that the CAG report on coal block allocation should be discussed in the house. However, Yadav also said that he is bound by NDA's decision.
A belligerent BJP derailed proceedings over coal block allocations in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. The BJP also derailed the question hour in both the Houses as it continued to press for the Prime Minister's resignation.
Congress leaders sought cooperation from the Opposition in initiating a discussion in the Houses but a belligerent Opposition kept shouting slogans, demanding the PM's resignation. Congress leaders such as Pawan Kumar Bansal, Ambika Soni, ally Farooq Abdullah argued that there was no question of resignation on part of the PM.
"The BJP has skeletons in its own cupboard. That is why it won't let the House run," said Bansal.
"PM will not resign. Why should he resign? Opposition must listen to the PM and allow discussion on the matter," said an angry Farooq Abdullah.
Ambika Soni asked, "If the PM resigns, then with whom will they discuss the issue?"
Sources said that the JD(U) won't press for Manmohan Singh's resignation. Party chief Sharad Yadav said that his party is ready for a discussion on the issue.
The UPA government, on the other hand, accused the opposition of shying away from a discussion and its allies the Trinamool Congress (TMC), Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam (DMK) and National Conference dismissed the demand for the Prime Minister to quit.
TMC chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata banerjee rebuffed the BJP and said her party is not joining the party's demanding for the PM's resignation. The TMC said that it wants a discussion on the coal report and there is no question of asking for the PM's resignation.
The clarification came after two BJP emissaries met Mamata on Tuesday night. On Wednesday morning Mamta met Railway Minister Mukul Roy and TMC leader Dinesh Trivedi in Delhi.
The TMC supremo is in the Delhi to take part in the UPA's coordination commitee meeting later on Wednesday.
The government was firmly behind the PM, with Coal Minister Sri Prakash Jaiswal calling the Opposition's demand unconstitutional. "Demanding the Prime Minister's resignation over the CAG report on coal allocations is unconstitutional. The coal block commissioning is a complex process. It needs time. Accountability can be fixed only after proper debate," he said.