BJP tries to wash its hands off mining allegations
BJP said the party has nothing to do with allocation of coal block and a final decision on the CAG report would be taken by the PAC.
New Delhi: Distancing itself from CAG
findings in the Chhattisgarh mining case allegedly involving
its MP Ajay Sancheti, the BJP on Wednesday said the party has nothing
to do with allocation of coal block in the state and a final
decision on the report would be taken by the Public Accounts
Committee of Parliament.
Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley, when asked about the CAG
report, said irregularities in coal block allocation have
taken place across the country in which the government is said
to have incurred a loss of Rs 10 lakh crore.
"The party or politics of the party has nothing to do
with who was given allocation (of coal blocks) on what
basis..., If it is related to business of a particular person,
the PAC will go through the procedure and take a decision,"
The CAG report has stated that Sancheti`s firm SMS
Infrastructure was favoured in terms of cost for the
exploration contract given to it for Bhadgaon II Extension
Congress has alleged that the BJP government in
Chhattisgarh favoured Sancheti and BJP president Nitin Gadkari
also benefited from the alleged financial wrongdoings in the
deal but the BJP has denied these charges.
Taking a dig at the UPA, Jaitley said reports about
alleged irregularities involving coal mines across the country
have come which mentioned about loss of Rs 10 lakh crore to
Last month, the CAG in a draft report has estimated a Rs
10.6 lakh crore loss to the exchequer on account of allotment
of coal blocks during 2004 to 2009 without auction to 100
private and public sector companies.