BJP pulls up UPA over alleged scam in coal block allocation

New Delhi, May 22: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday hit out at the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government at the Centre over the delay in tabling a CAG report on allocation of coal blocks.

BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy said a fresh scam with regard to the allocation of coal blocks has surfaced before the people of the country, and added that there has been a loss of 180 trillion rupees as per the CAG report.

“Once again, a scam has surfaced worth 180 trillion rupees now regarding the allocation of coal blocks. About 156 coal blocks in this country have been allocated to private companies. The CAG report shows that there has been a loss of 180 trillion rupees,” he said.

Rudy further alleged that there has been a lack of initiative on part of the ruling government on this issue.

“There has been a lack of initiative on the part of the government and they have not ordered for probe and they are not responding. Like there was a 2G scam, Commonwealth Games scam, Adarsh Housing society, in the same way this scam has now come forth before the country, where 180 trillion rupees has been looted,” said Rudy.

Proceedings in Parliament were today disrupted due to uproar over delay in tabling a CAG report on allocation of coal blocks and a statement on a train accident in Andhra Pradesh.

The BJP also denounced the ‘White Paper’ on black money tabled by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee in Parliament yesterday.

Terming the ‘White Paper’ as a mere blank paper, BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain that the White Paper did not unravel any vital information, such as the names of people who were involved in stashing wealth to foreign countries.

In addition, he highlighted the failure of the government to bring back black money stashed away in offshore banks.

“Today, we had the last parliamentary party meeting of the budget session, in which Lal Krishna Advani raised the issue of black money and he said that though the White Paper was tabled in the parliament, it is more like a blank paper,” said Hussain.

“The paper did not mention any names or anything about the money and said that the government has completely failed in bringing back black money stashed away in foreign banks,” he added.

The White Paper tabled by Mukherjee in the Lok Sabha earlier on Monday did not provide government’s estimate of black money, within and outside the country, though it quoted various estimates of other agencies on the issue.

The document, however, pitched for fast-track courts to expeditiously deal with financial offences and deterrent punishment for offenders.

It has also suggested tax incentives for encouraging use of debit and credit cards as these leave audit trails. (ANI)