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PM dares BJP for a debate on coal block allocation controversy
The Congress-led UPA government today launched a counter-offensive with prime minister Manmohan Singh daring the BJP to return to the parliament and debate all the issues, and let the country know where the truth lies.

MINICNG NO words, prime minister Manmohan Singh dared the BJP-led Opposition to return to the parliament and debate all the issues and let the 'country decide where the truth lies'. He was speaking to media outside on Monday after BJP disrupted the parliament for the consecutive day, demanding his resignation over his alleged involvement in coal block allocation controversy.


“This is one occasion where I do want and and ardently wish that I should be given the opportunity to speak to the parliament and public at large and taken the into confidence,” Mr Singh said. Rubbishing the CAG report, Mr Singh maintained that its observations were disputable. “They will be challenged when the matter comes before parliamentary accounts committee,” Mr Singh said.

Taking a dig at BJP for the disruption of Parliament, Singh said: “I am sorry that the House isn't allowed to function and the BJP is determined to disrupt normal functioning of the parliament. I wish to assure the country that we have a very strong and credible case,” he said.

The assertion come from the UPA couple of days after it was reported that its chairperson Sonia Gandhi has asked its members to formulate an aggressive startegy to counter, what she called BJP propaganda. Earlier finance minister P Chidambharam, buoyed by the clean chit by the Supreme Court in 2G scam case also appealed BJP to stop disrupting the parliament. He also rubbished the CAG report on the grounds that it was 'flawed'.

"I think, thanks to rising prosperity in the country over the last few years, we are all enamoured about the numbers which run into six digits and nine digits," Indian Express quoted Chidambharam, apparently hinting at the flaws in the CAG report.

Though BJP demanding prime minister's resignation on the grounds that he held the coal ministry portfolio in 2009, did gain earn them some goodwill but going overboard by disrupting the parliament and not letting the PM speak for four consecutive days seems to have made their case weaker.
 


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