Match-fixing by BJP, Congress in coalgate: Yechury



Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Thursday accused Congress and the main opposition party BJP of match-fixing in the multi-crore coalgate, while demanding a probe by a competent authority to unravel the truth.

Speaking exclusively to Zee News, CPI-M politburo member Sitaram Yechury said, “We have been saying this from very beginning that there is a match-fixing by the Congress and BJP in the coalgate. We will not allow the issue to be put to the backburner.”

Yechury, while maintaining that the coalgate appears to be larger in dimension than the 2G spectrum scam, said, “There is a cover-up by the government, and that’s why it is hesitating to call a special session of Parliament on the issue.”

“The government wants to bury the issue, but we will not allow this to happen. That’s why we have decided to raise this issue during the Winter Session of Parliament,” he added

The CPI-M leader also demanded the government to launch a probe by a competent authority into the coalgate.

“We demand that the Prime Minister and his council of ministers agree to and announce a probe by some competent authority to unravel where hundreds and thousands of crores of rupees were wasted,” he stated, adding, “The peoples’ money, which was wasted, should have been utilized in welfare schemes in a fair manner.”

Commenting on the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report on coal block allocation, which pegs the loss at Rs. 1.85 lakh crores, Yechury said this is a very serious matter.

The CAG report on coal block allocation states that nearly 150 coalfields were allotted to private and state-run firms without transparency and objectivity between 2005 and 2009.

The report does not indict the Prime Minister or his office, but the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is emphasizing on the fact that for three of the years under scrutiny, the Prime Minister held direct charge of the Coal Ministry.

Creating pressure on the UPA government, anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare has also demanded a thorough probe into the matter and a life-term for those found guilty of involvement in it.

Importantly, former Lokayukta of Karnataka, Justice Santosh Hegde, on Tuesday said that a SIT should be set up to investigate coalgate and that it should be time bound.