New Delhi: Both the Houses of Parliament were adjourned for the day on a stormy note on Tuesday after the Opposition BJP remained adamant on its stand demanding Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s resignation and the Congress hitting out saying they are prepared for debate on the CAG reports on coal block allocation.

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As the Parliament convened this morning after the Eid break, BJP MPs raised slogans and trooped to the well demanding PM’s resignation over the CAG report on coal blocks forcing adjournment of both the houses till noon.

The Lok Sabha could not transact any business because of the unruly scenes, which first resulted in adjournment till noon and then for the day.

The Rajya Sabha could function only to allow the unanimous election of Congress leader P J Kurien as Deputy Chairman of the House before it was adjourned for the day amid uproar.

However, the government offered a discussion in the House with Home Minister and Leader of the House Sushilkumar Shinde saying, "We can discuss the issue. We have no objection," the slogans and shouting continued, forcing the speaker to adjourn the house for the day.

Combative Opposition

"The House was adjourned as the BJP demanded the Prime Minister's resignation over the coal scam. It is the demand of the nation as people are shocked to see the way the UPA (United Progressive Alliance) regime is looting the country," said BJP leader Prakash Javadekar.

JD-U, SAD, Shiv Sena, BJD, Left, AIADMK and TDP members also supported the demand.

"It is unfortunate that they stalled the house and didn't let anyone speak. We are prepared for a detailed discussion and then we will see what happens. They (BJP) want to create a situation of crisis but people should know the truth and what is their (BJP) role in coal allocation scam," said Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal.

Bansal said demands for the Prime Minister's resignation were "baseless".

Coal scam causes Rs 1.85 lakh cr loss

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 a whopping 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.

Kurien elected Deputy Chairman of RS

Meanwhile, setting aside their confrontation over the CAG report, the Opposition and the ruling dispensation got together in a rare show to unanimously elect Congress leader P J Kurien as Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman.

Earlier, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh proposed Kurien's name for the post and was seconded by Leader of the Opposition Arun Jaitley.

After Chairman Hamid Ansari announced Kurien's election, the Prime Minister and Jaitley escorted him to his seat.

A beaming Kurien said he will try to accommodate views of all members in running the House.

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