Coalgate: We want no clarification or debate, PM must go, says BJP

New Delhi: BJP today said it will continue to mount pressure to demand resignation of the Prime Minister and the government on the issue of CAG report on coal block allocation, in an indication that Parliament is likely to be stalled for the second successive day.

The BJP also rejected suggestions for a debate on the issue or seek any clarification from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, saying the government was "never sincere and never tried to punish the culprits".

"The BJP will continue to demand the resignation of the Prime Minister and the government," senior party leader Venkaiah Naidu told reporters after the BJP Parliamentary meeting chaired by LK Advani.

"The BJP will continue to demand the resignation of the PM and the government," senior party leader Venkaiah Naidu said.

Naidu quoted Advani as saying, "This government has become a burden on the country and it has become a blot on the nation also. That's why it is all the more important that this government should go."

Rejecting suggestions by the government for holding a discussion on the issue of CAG reports, Naidu said, "There is no meaning in having any discussion or clarification from this government because this government never tried to be sincere. Never tried to punish the culprits."

He alleged that the government has also tried to protect the perpetrators of the scams.

"It is not one scam or scandal. Continuously from day one, scams and scandals worth lakhs of crores have come out and the government always tried to stand by the perpetrators of the scam. They never took any action. That's why we do not have any confidence in this government," Naidu said.

He said the party will continue to demand the resignation of the Prime Minister and the government. "That is the stand taken by the Parliamentary Party," he said.

PTI