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Coal scam: Parliament rocked over CAG report

Report says govt lost Rs 10.7 lakh cr by allocating without auction 155 acreages to private firms.

Written by Agencies | New Delhi | Published: March 22, 2012 11:55 am

The Parliament was today rocked by reports of an alleged coal scam to the tune of Rs 10.7 lakh crore with the Opposition forcing adjournment of both the Houses till noon.

As soon as the Lok Sabha met for the day,JD-U members were on their feet demanding immediate discussion on a report of the Comptroller and Auditor General on allocation of 155 coal acreages — without auction — to some 100 companies between 2004 and 2009.

The moment Speaker Meira Kumar called for the Question Hour,BJP and JD-U members trooped into the Well raising slogans against the government.

“Yeh Sarkar Kaali Hai (This government has been tarnished)” Opposition members chanted in the Well.

With members unrelenting,the Speaker adjourned the House till noon.

Similar scenes were witnessed in the Rajya Sabha where Prakash Javadekar (BJP) said he had given notice for the suspension of Question Hour to discuss the alleged scam.

“Sorry,the Question Hour cannot be suspended,” Chairman Hamid Ansari said. “You cannot raise the issue without the permission of the Chair,” Minister of State in PMO V Narayanasamy said.

As members continued to raise the issue and waved copies of a newspaper,Ansari said members cannot raise “unsubstantiated matters”.

“No newspapers are allowed. You cannot display banners. Please sit down. You cannot raise matters in this manner. You can raise it later,this is not the time,” he told agitating members.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was present in the Rajya Sabha. Javadekar said the Prime Minister was in charge of the coal portfolio when the alleged scam took place.

Amid din,Ansari adjourned the Rajya Sabha for 15 minutes. When the House met again,similar scenes were repeated and the proceedings were adjourned till noon.

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