Parliament adjourned over missing coal files, Food Bill gets delayed

The Opposition parties - Bharatiya Janata Party and the Left vociferously raised in the Parliament the issue of crucial files of the coal ministry going missing.

Last Updated: Aug 20, 2013, 17:23 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: Both Houses of Parliament were on Tuesday adjourned till Thursday after repeated disruption by the Opposition MPs demanding a statement by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the missing files related to the coal block allocations.

Attacking the Congress government over missing coalgate files, the BJP demanded Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to come to the Parliament and clarify on the issue.

Speaking on the issue, Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj said that the Prime Minister should come to the House and explain how coalgate files have gone missing and what the government is doing to recover them.

"The Prime Minister should come in the house and clarify on the missing files. These files contain the names of Congress leaders involved and the decisions taken in the allocation of coal blocks," Swaraj said.

The senior BJP leader also warned that the House won`t be allowed to function till Prime Minister speaks on missing coal scam files.

Rajya Sabha also witnessed uproarious scenes which forced Union Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal to make a statement on the issue. Trying to pacify the Opposition MPs, Jaiswal said that a committee has been constituted to look into the issue of missing files, which has held two meetings.
Union Coal Minister also said that he was ready for any punishment if he was proved guilty.

"If any charges are proved against me, then I am ready to face any punishment," Jaiswal told the Rajya Sabha.

"I am ready to face any punishment if allegations against me are proved true. We will search for all files that are missing and hand them to the CBI. 13 FIRs were registered in the coal scam. 769 files have been submitted to CBI in the coal scam probe," he said.

However, the Opposition was not satisfied with the Coal Minister`s statement. Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley too found loopholes in his clarification and asked whether any FIR has been lodged by the Coal Ministry about missing files.
CPI-M politburo member Sitaram Yechury also asked the Coal Minister about the progress made by the Coal Ministry in locating those missing files.

Deputy Leader of Opposition Ravi Shankar Prasad termed the coal scam as the biggest one and alleged that some of the missing files are related with companies associated with members of the ruling party.

"We want it (statement) from the Prime Minister. Serious questions are being raised about the minister," he said.

The issues of Telangana and onion prices were also raised in the Lok Sabha, which saw strong demands from AIADMK and DMK that India should boycott the proposed Commonwealth Heads of Government Meet to be held in Colombo in November as Sri Lanka was violating human rights of ethnic Tamils and targeting Indian fishermen.

TDP MPs were in the well with their protest entering the third week. MPs from Congress opposing creation of Telangana held placards and shouted slogans from their benches.

With PTI inputs