New Delhi: The BJP which has been demanding Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s resignation on the coalgate issue seems to have been isolated in its fight. Its strategy has found no takers among key allies like JD-U and other opposition parties.

BJP's strategy of disrupting Parliament did not find favour with the JD-U whose leader Sharad Yadav, who is also NDA convenor, said discussions should take place in the two Houses on the coal block allocation issue. But at the same time, the JD-U said it was with BJP for the sake of NDA discipline and unity but that would be at the most for another two days.

In an attempt to assess the mood of other parties, Yadav talked to leaders of CPI-M, CPI, TDP, SP and BSP who also favoured debate instead of disruption of Parliament.
 BJD said stalling the proceedings of the House does not serve any purpose. "We want the House to function. Biju Janata Dal favours discussion on 'coalgate' in Parliament. It would be more democratic to discuss it so that point of views of parties can be known on the issue,"  said BJD leader and Lok Sabha MP B Mahtab.

BJP's attempts to rope in UPA ally Trinamool Congress in its attack against the government over the CAG report on coal blocks allocation also failed with TMC chief Mamata Banerjee rejecting the move.

On its part, BJP went on the offensive on its demand for Prime Minister's resignation on the ground that former Telecom Minister A Raja and Dayanidhi Maran had to quit.  "As A Raja had to go for 2G scam, and Dayanidhi Maran had to resign for his role in Aircel-Maxis deal, similarly the then Coal Minister Manmohan Singh has to go," BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said.


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