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Accept demands, if you want Parl to function: Swaraj

BJP leader Sushma Swaraj in a press conference today in Mumbai insisted that said her party would continue to disrupt the running of the Parliament Monsoon session unless its stand that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should resign in the alleged coal scam is accepted.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would allow Parliament to function only if its two demands were met. The BJP has insisted on the following: the controversial coal block allocations were cancelled and an independent inquiry was ordered.

She said the interpretation that the BJP had given up on the prime minister's resignation was wrong. The party has only given the government a window so that Parliament could function, she added.

"(Congress president) Sonia Gandhi called me three days back and asked if a debate could take place in Parliament. I said they should cancel the allocations and order a fair probe. She said she would get back to me, but the talks remained inconclusive," she said.


"However, the interpretation that the BJP has given up the demand for the prime minister's resignation is wrong.

"We have put these two conditions so that parliament can function. Even in the debate we would take the stand that the prime minister, as the then coal minister, should resign," she said.

She added that while Sonia Gandhi may have left the country for treatment, the PM who had just returned would have to answer the BJP's questions.

Sushma Swaraj also said that she knew that the Parliament was very important institution, but said that the loss caused by the coal-scam was far greater than the loss caused by stalling the Parliament.

She also added that since the allocation was wrong, the loss has to paid by those who benefitted from it. Swaraj insisted that the BJP wants a fair and independent probe in the matter. She clarified that she wasn't against a CBI probe but felt that the CBI would hardly be fair if the PM was involved.

The BJP leader also said that no BJP chief ministers are guilty in this scam.

With inputs from IANS

Published Date: Sep 02, 2012 15:21 PM | Updated Date: Sep 02, 2012 16:34 PM

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