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PM unlikely to speak on missing coal blocks files in Parliament

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Aug 22, 2013 at 11:47am IST

New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is unlikely to make a statement on missing files on coal blocks allocation even though the opposition parties have been adamant on their demand. The Congress-led United Progressive Alliance Government insists that the Prime Minister doesn't need to clarify on the coal blocks controversy with Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath saying, "The Prime Minister is not the custodian of files. He does not sit in the store room. Why should he reply. The Coal Minister will reply."

The Congress will speak to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and once again to try to resolve the issue. The BJP has made it clear that it won't let Parliament function until the Prime Minister explains how crucial files connected to the illegal allocation of coal blocks went missing.

The Left parties, too, have joined the chorus and want the Prime Minister to join the discussion in the floor of the House. ""I have made a suggestion to the government day before yesterday that the Coal Minister makes a statement. The Speaker can schedule a date to discuss this statement and the Prime Minister can intervene in the discussion. I don't know if the government will accept this or the opposition will accept, but a lot of parties have accepted this suggestion. This way we can end the stalemate," said Communist Party of India MP Gurudas Dasgupta.

Parliament has been unable to function normally since the start of Monsoon Session with two previous attempts to debate the Food Security Bill in the Lok Sabha being foiled by the opposition. The Cabinet will meet later on Thursday to approve amendments to the bill to ensure its smooth passage as only seven days are left for the Monsoon Session to end.

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