"This is truely shocking as the issue has been raised
in Parliament. It is a mega-mega scam and a sad development,"
Patnaik told reporters outside the assembly while his partymen
shouted anti-UPA slogans in the house.
Treasury bench members raised the issue when opposition
Congress MLAs were demanding the chief minister's
clarification on his reported statement against the Centre
over ongoing hostage crisis.
The house also witnessed heated exchange of words between
opposition and ruling party MLAs.
BJD MLA and former minister Damodar Rout demanded a
CBI probe, while another party legislator Sanjay Dasburma
claimed that the coal scam had crossed irregularities like 2G
Spectrum case and Commonwealth Games.
Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen
Patnaik on Thursday described as 'shocking' the Comptroller and
Auditor General's report reportedly pegging a Rs 10.7 lakh
crore loss to the exchequer due to coal allocations between
2004 and 2009.
First Published: Thursday, March 22, 2012, 17:21