New Delhi: Both the Houses of Parliament were adjourned for the day on Monday after the BJP renewing its demand for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s resignation did not allow the Houses to function over the coal block allocation issue.

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PM’s statement on Coalgate in Parliament-Full Text

The Prime Minister, however, made his statement over the issue amid uproar.

While making his statement in the Lower House, the Prime Minister said, “I wish to say that any allegation of impropriety in the coal block allocation is without any basis and unsupported by facts.

The Prime Minister further stressed that observations of the CAG are clearly disputable and will be challenged by the government.

“I take full responsibility for the decisions of Coal Ministry whose charge was with me during the period assessed by CAG,” Singh said adding, “The policy existed since 1993 and previous governments also allocated blocks in precisely the manner that the CAG has now criticized.

While speaking to the reporters outside the Parliament, The Prime Minister said, “CAG observations will be challenged when the matter comes before Parliamentary Committee (PAC).

“I wish to assure the country that we have a strong and credible case. I appeal to the Opposition to come back to the House to debate on these issues and let the country judge where the truth lies,” PM said.

PM dubs CAG report flawed, misleading

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said CAG's observations on coal block allocation issue were disputable and asked the opposition to debate the matter in the Parliament to allow the country to judge where the truth lay.

"I am sorry that the House is not allowed to function and the BJP is determined to disrupt the proceedings of the Parliament. I wish to assure the country that we have a very strong and credible case," he told reporters outside the Parliament House after the Opposition disrupted his speech in Lok Sabha.

"Once again I appeal to the opposition to come back to the House to debate on these issues and let the country judge where the truth lies," Singh said.

The Prime Minister said that he wished to make a statement in the House on the issue but the opposition did not give him the opportunity.

Singh said CAG's conclusions on the coal block allocations were "disputable".

"The observations of CAG are disputable and they will be challenged when the matter comes before Parliament's Public Accounts Committee," he said.

He appealed to the opposition to allow the Parliament to function.

Singh quoted an Urdu couplet to convey that he wanted to clear the air on the issue but the opposition is unrelenting.

 

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