Live: Prime Minister’s statement on missing coal files sparks uproar in RS

The Rajya Sabha was adjourned after uproar by the members of the BJP.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: September 3, 2013 12:21 pm

12.50 pm: The Rajya Sabha was adjourned after uproar by the members of the BJP,as they expressed dissatisfaction over the statement of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. They also objected to a statement in that regard by the Parliamentary Affairs Minister.

12.49 pm: The statement by the Prime Minister sparked an uproar in the Rajya Sabha with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) members shouting slogans against him.

12.47 pm: The Prime Minister asked the Opposition parties to not draw hasty conclusions and let Parliament function.

12.45 pm: The Prime Minister said the government has nothing to hide,adding that he would ensure that the guilty is brought to justice.

12.40 pm: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh begins to make a statement in Rajya Sabha on missing coal files.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will make a statement in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday immediately after the Zero Hour on the issue of missing files relating to allocation of coal blocks.

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This was announced in the House by Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajeev Shukla in response to Opposition’s demand for Singh’s statement on the multi-crore coal block allocation scam.

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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been demanding for a statement from the Prime Minister,who earlier held the coal portfolio from 2006 to 2009 when the coal blocks were allocated.

The main opposition wanted Singh’s response on Tuesday itself as the Prime Minister leaves for St Petersburg for the G-20 Summit on Wednesday.

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Shukla said the Prime Minister was ready to make a statement on an earlier occasion,but could not do so because of disruptions over the Telangana issue and subsequent adjournment of the House.

This did not pacify the BJP members who even raised slogans,leading to the adjournment of the House for 10 minutes.

When the House reassembled,similar scenes continued.

Shukla then assured the members that the Prime Minister would make the statement immediately after the Zero Hour,following which normalcy was restored.

(With PTI inputs)

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