New Delhi: Both the Houses of Parliament were adjourned for the second consecutive day on Wednesday after the BJP refused to budge from its stand demanding resignation of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for his alleged role in coal block allocation that led to the loss of whopping Rs 1.86 lakh crore as revealed by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) in its recent report.

The Parliament witnessed a pandemonium as both the Houses met on Wednesday with repeated disruptions leading to no business transaction.

In the Lok Sabha, Speaker Meira Kumar adjourned the house twice till 12 noon and 2 pm before adjourning the House for the day after BJP members refused to allow proceedings and rushed towards her podium raising slogans. The scene was similar in the Rajya Sabha, prompting Chairperson Hamid Ansari to adjourn the house thrice (11:30 pm, 12 noon and 2 pm) before adjourning the House finally for the day.

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Key NDA constituent JD-U caused embarrassment to BJP in the Lok Sabha by initiating a special discussion on flood and drought situation even as members of the main opposition were in the Well shouting slogans against the Prime Minister.
Rajiv Ranjan Singh (JD-U) surprised many in the opposition benches by speaking on the issue when Deputy Speaker Kariya Munda took up the listed item.
Unhappy with the disruption caused by BJP, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal said the government was willing to initiate the debate immediately on the three CAG reports. But, his offer went unheeded with opposition members shouting slogans like "Pradhan Mantri gaddi choro (PM should quit)."

"Their intention is clear. What do they want to convert Parliament into? Parliament is for discussions. Let them come and discuss. We will demolish the opposition's point of view and that is why they are running away," Bansal said.

On Tuesday, both Houses of Parliament were adjourned for the day on the same issue.

Lack of transparency in allocating coal blocks: CAG

The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), India's official auditor, had last week revealed that the lack of transparency in the allocation of coal blocks to private players resulted in a loss of Rs.1.85 lakh crore (USD 37 billion) to the exchequer as on March 11 last year.

The audit report does not directly indict the Prime Minister or his office. But during the time these mining blocks in question were allotted, the coal portfolio was held by him -- between July 2004 and May 2009.


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