New Delhi: Dismissing the protests against coal block allocations by parties led by the SP as "part- protest, part-alliance", the BJP on Friday said it will launch a nationwide "Bofors-like campaign" and force the UPA government to quit before 2014.

In the wake of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's comments on Friday that he will not resign, BJP today said the people of the country cannot stand this government for long.
"If the Prime Minister is adamant on continuing in office then the people are also firm that this government should go. They will not wait for five years... Power given to a party is for ruling and not for committing scams," BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said.

Hitting out at Yadav and his protests, he said the agitation is "part protest, part-alliance... They cannot enjoy the fruits of power and also protest against the government... There is a joint front of the SP and the Congress. Yadav gives uninterrupted power to Rae Bareli and Amethi."

Hussain announced that this time the BJP will put up a fight against the Congress which will be "more fierce" than the one seen during the Bofors scam.

"Today we have blown the bugle of the full-fledged fight against corruption against the UPA government from the Parliament to the streets... We will create a situation where this government will have to quit power," he said.

The BJP meanwhile launched its three-day campaign against corruption in 40 districts across the country to spread awareness about the coal block allocation scam. Senior party leaders will travel to different cities to participate in the agitation.

Asked about the protests by Yadav, along with the Left parties and the TDP, Hussain said this is the "B-Team of the Congress" and is engaging in this "drama".

"The Samajwadi Party is a supporter of the Congress. It should first take back its letter of support to this government from the President. They should not stage this drama of being the Opposition and should seek the Prime Minister's resignation," he said.

Though the BJP pressed for Tourism Minister Subodh Kant Sahai's resignation for his alleged involvement in the coal allocation scam, the party said it is not surprised that he is not stepping down as even the head of the government is not paying heed to the Opposition demand.

Hussain reiterated that BJP will remain firm on its demand for the Prime Minister's resignation which it has been pressing for since the CAG report was tabled in Parliament.

Though the main Opposition has been in the forefront in forcing adjournments of both Houses, it alleged that the Congress is responsible for wastage of the Parliament's time.

"This is not the first time that the Congress is doing so. Even when the Opposition was demanding formation of a Joint Parliamentary Committee on the 2G spectrum issue, the Congress acted in an arrogant manner and did not accept leading to the washout of a whole session," Hussain said.

Attacking Sahai, who put up a feeble defence of his letter to the Prime Minister seeking the latter's personal intervention for allocation of two coal blocks, the BJP said these allotment of mines were "benami" (under proxy names).


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