Coalgate: ‘CMs of BJP-ruled states need not quit’

Last Updated: Saturday, September 8, 2012 - 21:00

Raipur: BJP national general secretary Dharmendra Pradhan on Saturday said the Congress cannot escape its responsibility in the coal scam by asking chief ministers of BJP-ruled states to resign.

"The allegations levelled by Congress against chief ministers of ruling BJP states are unfounded. There`s no question of our chief ministers quitting their post simply because Congress is saying so. Ultimately, the decision to allot coal blocks was taken by the Centre and not states," Pradhan, who is also the state in-charge, told reporters here.

Chhattisgarh Congress recently alleged that the Raman Singh government allocated a coal block to BJP MP Ajay Sancheti`s firm even though it did not fulfill the criteria for conducting commercial mining.

The Comptroller & Auditor General (CAG) in its audit report (civil & commercial) for 2010-11 had in April pulled up the Chhattisgarh Mineral Development Corporation (CMDC) for accepting a single bid for commercial mining of coal from the block allocated by the Centre.

Giving a clean chit to ruling Raman Singh government, Pradhan said, "The state government is doing good work and will complete its tenure under incumbent chief minister (Raman Singh)."

Reiterating the demand of a probe by an independent agency other the CBI into the allocation of coal blocks, Pradhan said "the CBI investigating the case is like a police constable conducting an inquiry against director general of police".

Pradhan alleged that the Centre did not allocate even a single block to the state-owned Coal India to "facilitate massive corruption".

Justifying his party`s demand for resignation of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in connection with the coal scam, Pradhan said the BJP will now take the "battle" to street action plan for which will be decided in the September 13 meeting of the top leadership.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, September 8, 2012 - 21:00

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