A day after the government asked the CAG to keep in mind the Supreme Courts opinion that auction is not the only way to allocate natural resources,the BJP on Saturday criticised the Centre for its alleged attempt to malign or forewarn or caution constitutional authorities.
I hope that there is no attempt by the union ministers to interpret this Supreme Court order in their favour just to justify their wrong policy decisions… To malign,forewarn or to caution a constitutional authority is an unacceptable and condemnable practice which the government should not indulge in, said BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman.
She expressed surprise at the Centres interpretation of the verdict as a justification of its position on not adopting the competitive bidding route to allot natural resources.
At its two-day meet in Surajkund earlier this week,party president Nitin Gadkari got Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley to explain the Supreme Courts order to party members to counter the governments attempt to project it as a victory against the BJPs demand for cancellation of coal block allocations.
Jaitley had said that although the court did not prescribe any method for the disposal of natural resources,it differentiated between allocation of natural resources for commerical exploitation and allocation for social or welfare purposes. It may be inferred that in the case of coal block allocations,where private operators were allocated blocks for commercial exploitation purposes,the principle of revenue maximisation was lost as competitive bidding was not adopted as the method for allocation, he said.