New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader LK Advani on Tuesday and assured him that the government will do its best to get missing coal files back. Sources said that the Prime Minister will meet LK Advani, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jailey to end Parliament logjam over missing coal files.
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 decision to attack the Prime Minister in both the Houses was taken in the BJP Parliamentary Party meeting on Tuesday morning. 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.
Outside the House, floor managers are trying to reach out to the Opposition with Kapil Sibal and Jairam Ramesh meeting Opposition leaders. In the Lok Sabha especially, the BJP is upset as top leaders did not get an opportunity to speak. For the moment, the principal Opposition party is keeping the government guessing on its floor strategy for the remaining Monsoon Session.