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With opposition's stand on coal gate, parliament again held to ransom
The position of the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh seems to be in danger with the opposition standing united to demand his resignation in relation to the coal mining scam. No work related to parliamentary discussion over important bills could take place.

THE COALGATE cyclone badly hit both the houses of Parliament on Tuesday. In a rare display of unity, the entire Opposition demanded PM Manmohan Singh’s resignation for his alleged role in the irregular distribution of coal blocks benefiting private companies, and causing a loss of Rs 1.86 lakh crore to the exchequer.

The government had no option but to be offensive, and refused to buckle under pressure. The showdown between the government and the Opposition is likely to continue during this week. PM’s culpability in the scandal has been established, alleged the Opposition.

Both the Houses witnessed unruly scenes. Lok Sabha was first adjourned till noon and then for the day. Similar scenes were seen in the Rajya Sabha too where the entire Opposition led by BJP and JD-U stood on its feet raising slogans and seeking PM’s resignation. It too was adjourned till noon and then for the rest of the day.

Congress appeared belligerent and was in no mood to oblige the Opposition. The government is making its own strategy to face the Opposition in the coming days.

As a result of the ruling Congress and parties in opposition being at loggerheads. no regular though pending parliamentary work could take place. It seems the opposition does not want the UPA to get any work done.


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