New Delhi: The confrontation between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress seems to be fast reaching a point of no return. In the midst of the heated demand for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's resignation in the alleged coal block allocations scam, BJP members in the JPC on 2G scam staged a walkout.
The BJP members threatened to quit the JPC altogether if the Prime Minister and Finance Minister P Chidambaram did not depose before the parliamentary panel.
With this move, the BJP took its battle against the UPA government to another forum seeking deposition of Prime Minister and key PMO officials before JPC on the 2G scam.
When their demand was rejected, they walked out of the meet. However, the other NDA allies decided not to follow suit.
In Parliament too, the BJP continued with its protest of the coal blocks allocation scam. On Tuesday night it had sent two emissaries to seek support from Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee, but the West Bengal Chief Minister refused to join the bandwagon.
The strategy behind seeking Trinamool Congress support was clear – a key UPA ally joining the resignation bandwagon would have made the Prime Minister's position untenable.
The government on the other hand fielded top ministers to defend the Prime Minister and reiterated it was ready for a discussion.
By seeking the resignation of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the BJP has upped the ante. However, with the UPA putting up a united front, and its own allies breaking ranks, how long will the main opposition party be able to sustain with its demand?