PM must resign on Coalgate: Yashwant

Dubbing the UPA as a "national security risk", BJP leader Yashwant Sinha said his party will not rest till PM resigns.

Guwahati: Dubbing the UPA government as a "national security risk", BJP leader Yashwant Sinha on Sunday said his party will not rest till Prime Minister Manmohan Singh resigned over the coal block allocations issue.

"The BJP and NDA are determined to fight it out. We will not rest till we bring down this corrupt government. This government has to go because it has become a national security risk," Sinha said at a public meeting here on the issue of CAG report on coal block allocation.

The BJP leader added, "We are not asking the Prime Minister to resign because he is criminally viable. That is yet to be decided. We are asking for his resignation on the ground of parliamentary, constitutional and moral grounds as the allocation of coal blocks took place when he was in charge of that ministry."

He said CBI took up the issue of block allocation on the basis of complaints filed by two BJP MPs - Prakash Javadekar and Hansraj Ahir - with the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) early this year.
"It was our two MPs who were responsible for exposing the issue. The UPA government cannot be credited for bringing a CBI investigation on the matter," Sinha said.

He termed as "unprecedented" the number of scams that have surfaced up during UPA-I and UPA-II regimes since 2004.

"There is corruption with impunity... This is the pattern we have seen with this government," Sinha said.

The BJP leader also slammed the Prime Minister for his comments on Comptroller and Auditor General.
"For the first time in the history of India`s parliamentary democracy we saw a Prime Minister condemning a constitutional body like the CAG in Parliament. Conventions of parliamentary democracy have been flouted," he said.