BJP and Left parties demanded a fair and transparent probe into the issue after former coal secretary PC Parakh said that the Prime Minister should also be an accused as he is equally responsible in coal block allocations.

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BJP Deputy Leader in Rajya Sabha Ravi Shankar Prasad said Parakh's statement "merits serious consideration" as the accountability of the PMO and the PM is equally important.

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"Parakh, who was termed a whistle blower by CAG report, was demanding a fair process for whole allocation through auctioning which was delayed by the government. Until the new rules came into being, these all coal blocks were allocated in a hurry to ineligible persons,” he said.

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"Therefore, the accountability of the PMO and the PM is equally important. We demand a fair investigation," he said.

CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury said, "What is required is a speedy completion of the investigation and a thorough revelation of who did what and on that basis action must follow."

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Yechury said that though the PM had "reluctantly" made a statement in the House, several questions remained unanswered. "Nevertheless, the government in that statement gave an assurance that they will cooperate fully to ensure a thorough probe and bring the guilty to book. That is how we want to proceed"," he said.

BJP demands PM's resignation

BJP also demanded Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's resignation in the wake Parakh's charge. "Today a surprising development has taken place where in a bizarre instance an FIR has been lodged against the officer who suggested that the auction route should be adopted in coal block allocations and even prepared a Cabinet note on it," BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said.

The BJP MP claimed that instead of accepting the proposal- given by Parakh in 2004- the Manmohan Singh government had deliberately kept the Cabinet note in cold storage so as to enable it to allot coal blocks arbitrarily.

BJP alleged Congress was working with the intention of committing a scam and hence did not accept the suggestion for competitive bidding.

"Right from day one, BJP has been demanding the Prime Minister's resignation as he was the then Coal Minister under whose signature and seal the monumental scam happened.... BJP reiterates its demand for his immediate resignation because the buck stops with him," Javadekar said.

BJP sought to know why Minister of State for Coal from 2006 to 2009, Dasari Narayan Rao, who did not take cognizance of Parakh's note and against whom a quid pro quo for favours done has come to light, was not even questioned by CBI.

BJP alleged CBI has not even gone near the real people behind the coal scam. "The Supreme Court had called CBI a caged parrot. In Railgate, it had made the one who committed the scam a witness," Javadekar said.


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