New Delhi: 2.30 pm: The coal war between BJP and the Congress has stalled Parliament again. Both the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha were adjourned till Thursday after an uproar by the Opposition MPs demanding Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's resignation.
2.00 pm: Parliament resumes, uproar in Lok Sabha continues.
1:40 pm: Congress President Sonia Gandhi met BJP MP Kirti Azad in a bid to end the deadlock in Parliament over the CAG report on coal blocks allocation. The meeting between the two lasted 15 minutes.
1:15 pm: Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar as well as Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde held separate meetings with BJP leaders, but there seems to be no end to the deadlock.
Meira Kumar met Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj soon after the House was adjourned till 2 pm after an uproar over the CAG report on coal blocks allocation.
Earlier, Shinde also met BJP leaders Shahnawaz Hussain and Gopinath Munde in a bid to end the deadlock.
12:10 pm: Both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha have been adjourned yet again till 2 pm as the Opposition continued to demand Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's resignation over the CAG report on coal blocks allocation.
The Opposition MPs walked to the well of the House in the Rajya Sabha shouting slogans demanding the Prime Minister's resignation.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi was seen speaking to the Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav before the House convened. However, outside Parliament, senior Samajwadi Party leader Mohan Singh hinted at internal politics in the Congress.
"BJP wants to create a vacuum at the helm of the country. Who will be the Prime Minister? Will Jaitely be the PM? It could also be internal politics of the Congress as well where some Congressmen want to replace Manmohan Singh with Rahul Gandhi," Mohan Singh said.
11:15 am: While the CAG report on coal blocks allocation continued to stall Parliament proceedings, the Congress challenged the BJP saying it will expose the BJP. "Congress workers will go on streets and expose the BJP. Congress workers will go to the people and tell them the truth about BJP," Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said.
11:05 am: The CAG report on coal blocks allocation continued to stall Parliament on Tuesday as the Opposition demanded Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's resignation.
Both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha were adjourned till 12 noon after an uproar in both the Houses.
10:42 am: The Bharatiya Janata Party is firm on demanding Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's resignation over coal blocks allocation and has made it clear that it won't let the House function.
Reacting to Congress President Sonia Gandhi's attack on his party, BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy said, "Sonia shouldn't talk about negative politics. We don't need lessons from her. Congress had used words like 'coffin chor' for George Fernandes. We won't let the House function. We want a debate with accountability. We appeal to all parties to join us in this."
10:30 am: Congress President Sonia Gandhi said her party was ready for a debate on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's statement on the CAG report on coal blocks allocation. She accused the BJP of blackmail saying, "Blackmail has become the political bread and butter of BJP. BJP's belief is our way or no way."
10:25 am: Congress President Sonia Gandhi led the charge on Monday and took on the Bharatiya Janata Party at the Parliamentary Party meeting. Referring indirectly to Leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj's 'mota maal' remarks, Sonia said, "This is the handiwork of BJP, which shows scant respect for democracy. What more can be said when their senior most leader uses such words."
10:10 am: Congress President Sonia Gandhi led the charge on Monday and took on the Bharatiya Janata Party and accused it of holding Parliament to ransom. Sonia Gandhi addressed the Congress MPs at the Parliamentary Party meeting and attacked the Opposition.
"We need to fight the intemperate criticism and negative politics of BJP. They are holding Parliament to ransom," Sonia said.
She also condemned the "words being used by the Leader of the Opposition." "we must effectively go out and rebut and repel in the upcoming elections," Sonia said.
Sonia Gandhi also condemned the incidents in Assam and Mumbai. "The last few weeks have been troublesome and those who cherish our tolerance, the guilty have to be brought to justice. They have misused social media for their hate campaign, no government can tolerate this," Sonia said.
Meanwhile, the government has sought a debate on the Prime Minister's statement on coal blocks allocation.
There seems to be little chance of Parliament being allowed to function for the sixth day in a row on Tuesday as the deadlock between the Congress and BJP over the CAG report on coal escalates. The government has said no to a trust vote claiming that it enjoys the support of Parliament even as the BJP is adamant that the Prime Minister should resign taking moral responsibility.
With both sides sticking to their stands, it looks like the Monsoon Session is heading for a washout.
Parliament saw a repeat of last week on Monday with no work and only chaos. The Prime Minister did come up with a reply but his answer got lost in the din in Parliament. He was not allowed to complete his statement and was forced to lay down the papers in both the Houses. This marks a new low for Parliament when the Opposition did not allow the Prime Minister of the country to speak and was perhaps the first time that he was forced to lay his statement as the Opposition MPs continued to demand his resignation. He came out of Parliament and made a statement calling the CAG report disputable.
He also claimed that the policy of allocation existed since 1993 and was followed by the earlier governments, adding that the UPA had introduced the auction idea in 2004.
The Prime Minister also hit out at the main Opposition party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), for disrupting Parliament. Reacting to the attack by the Prime Minister, the BJP termed his statement as an excuse.
The BJP came out all guns blazing and said it had no faith in the Prime Minister or the UPa government.
Rejecting the Prime Minister's statement on the issue of coalgate, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday took a tough stand against the government demanding Manmohan Singh's resignation and cancellation of all 142 coal blocks allocated during the UPA rule.
The principle Opposition also hit out at the government that despite losing revenues, Congress earned massive profits from the coal allotments. The BJP said that the Congress profited from the coal blocks allocation and not the country. " Congress got 'mota maal' (heavy profit) from coal blocks," the party said.
"The PM's address has not weakened our case, but has made it stronger. Our charge is that the competitive bidding policy of 2004 was not implemented for the past eight years," said the Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj.
"I believe that coal revenue has not gone to the government but to the Congress party. If there is an independent inquiry into coal allocation, the Congress party will be as guilty as the government," she said while addressing a press conference.
Meanwhile, as the crisis at home continues to stew, the Prime Minister will heading to Tehran on Tuesday to attend the 16th Non-Aligned Movement Summit. He is scheduled to meet many world leaders there including Pakistan's President Zardari and Iran's Ahmedinejad.
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