New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday met senior Bharatiya Janata Party leaders LK Advani, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley at his residence in an effort to reach out to the Opposition and end the logjam in Parliament over missing coal files.
The Prime Minister assured the Opposition leaders that nothing will be hidden and there will be full investigation in the missing coal files. However, the BJP refused to give any assurance even as the Prime Minister made an appeal to allow passage of key economic bills like Pension Bill.
Before the meeting, the Prime Minister had called Advani and assured him that the government will do its best to get missing coal files back.
Earlier in the day, the Prime Minister had made a statement in Parliament asking members not assume anything, but it did not satisfy the Opposition. He said, "Anyone found guilty would be punished." Pointing out that over 1 lakh files had already been handed over to the CBI, he said the government was willing to co-operate in the probe and asked the Opposition not draw to hasty conclusions and should allow Parliament to function.
The Opposition accused the Prime Minister of being economical with the truth. There was an uproar in Parliament after the Prime Minister's statement. The BJP has demanded that the Prime Minister to make his position clear on missing coal files before he leaves for Moscow to participate in the G20 meet.
Similar scenes were witnessed in the Lok Sabha as well. With this being the last week of the Monsoon Session, an impasse has been reached and several crucial bills are still pending.
Sources indicated that the Land Bill is likely to be cleared as the BJP and the UPA government have reached an understanding. But there is no clarity on reform bills such as the Pension Bill and Securities Bill to curb ponzi schemes. Another key bill pending in the Rajya Sabha is the 120th amendment to the Constitution to set up a judicial commission for the appointment of judges.
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