New Delhi: BJP on Monday said it has no reservations on the CVC's order asking CBI to probe coal allocations 1993 onwards and alleged this was a "delaying tactic" of Congress as it does not want truth to come out.

"We are not worried about the CVC asking the CBI to probe coal block allocations from 1993 as the NDA has nothing to hide. The issue here is who is bringing in the 1993 period and why. It is the Congress which has been demanding this as it wants to delay everything," BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said.

The BJP spokesperson maintained that as per the Comptroller and Auditor General, 2004 is the benchmark for the new developments in coal mining.

"The CAG has explained that global prices of coal increased phenomenally in 2004. The Electricity Act, 2003 also increased coal prices as private players were allowed to participate in power generation. The UPA government decided in 2004 that there should be competitive bidding in coal mining," Javadekar said.

The BJP leader alleged that CBI is being "used, abused and misused" by the government and this move is aimed at diverting attention from the scams and corruption of the UPA regime.

"In 1993, a Congress government was in power. Then governments of I K Gujral and Deve Gowda, both supported by the Congress, came to power," Javadekar said, reiterating that his party has no issues with the period to be probed.

"The point here is from when the issue should be investigated. You can even start from 1976 when Indira Gandhi nationalised coal mining or from the 17th century when coal mining started. This is just a delaying tactic," he added.

BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad emphasised these views of his party, alleging that this move is another diversionary tactic and an "alibi not to take action" against the 142 coal block allocations.

Prasad said rank favour was shown to many companies which have "high political connections" with the UPA government and during the period when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh held the coal portfolio.

Reiterating BJP'S demand for cancellation of the 142 coal blocks allocated between 2006-09, Prasad said none of these private companies has mined the blocks and has benefited hugely by selling a part of their shares.

"BJP again demands that an independent SIT probe be ordered because CBI is directly working under the Prime Minister and cannot investigate a matter concerning his role,"
Prasad said.

He said that even otherwise BJP welcomes any inquiry as it has nothing to hide.

(Agencies)

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