New Delhi: Criticising Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for making a statement on the CAG report on coal block allocation in Lok Sabha, BJP on Monday said it will continue to demand his resignation and boycott the “corrupt” government in the Parliament.

“Personally, I think for any minister or anybody to make a statement on the CAG report inside the House is wrong. It is absolutely wrong. Because the only forum in which the CAG report can be discussed is the Public Accounts Committee,” BJP leader Jaswant Singh said outside Parliament.

BJP spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy said his party is not going to take things lying down anymore on this issue and will continue to press for the Prime Minister's resignation as it has already extended enough opportunities to him in the last eight years.

Rudy terms UPA a corrupt government

“This is a corrupt government,” Rudy said. He maintained that BJP will not allow the forum of Parliament to be used to “legitimise corruption”.

BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar expressed disappointment with Singh's statement.

“The country is upset with the Prime Minister's statement. It is not a statement but a list of points of excuses. He is hiding the facts,” he said.

PM has accepted his role in coal allotments: Javadekar

Javadekar alleged that Singh has accepted his role in coal allotments.

“He has said one thing correct that he is wholly responsible for the decision and that is why we are saying he has allotted and has put his stamp of approval on every coal block allotment. There are wrong-doings and so he is responsible and that is why he must resign,” he said.

Meanwhile, senior BJP leader and former deputy chairman of Rajya Sabha Najma Heptullah said the Prime Minister's statement should not be considered by Parliament as there was no “order” in both the Houses when they were laid.

“According to me no statement was made today. When the House is not in order, the proceeding is not on record,” she said outside Parliament.

“I have been deputy chairman for 18-19 years. I have said this repeatedly and today also I told the deputy chairman is a rule, a convention and a record that if House is not in order, than no proceeding should not come to record,” she said to buttress her point.

Heptullah accuses government of adopting two yardsticks

Further, she accused the government of adopting two yardsticks as it allowed former telecom minister A Raja to resign following CAG report on 2G allocation but is shielding the Prime Minister on the coal allocation scam.

BJP leader Balbir Punj said outside Parliament, “Prime Minister must resign. The country today needs no statement or speeches but action. When there is such serious allegation against PM, he should have resigned of its own following democratic tradition.”

Punj said, “We are clear from the day one when the CAG report came. He (PM) is in the middle of the suspicion for the scam of the magnitude of Rs 1.86 laks crore.”

House proceedings disrupted over BJP's demand for PM resignation

Proceedings in the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha were repeatedly disrupted by BJP members demanding resignation of the PM.

Justifying the demand, Punj said, “In order to have an independent and impartial probe, the propriety and tradition demand that the PM should step aside so that an independent probe is possible into the entire episode. But he (PM) is hiding behind technicality like making a statement first. People want action, there have been enough statement.”

Asked to comment on ally Akali Dal's stand that they want to hear PM's statement, Punj said, “The decision to seek PM's resignation and obstruct Parliament was taken by NDA and every constituent was party to it and they would bound by it.”

His party colleague Vinay Katiyar said “The statement made by PM was a laughing stock.”


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