New Delhi, Aug 23 (ANI): Congress MP Sandeep Dikshit on Thursday said the Comptroller and Auditor General's (CAG) report on coal block allocations does not say anything against the government.
Dikshit said the manner in which the CAG report on coal block allocations has been presented in the media is incorrect.
Nowhere has the Comptroller and Auditor General's report on coal allocation says anything against the government. The manner in which it has been presented in the media is incorrect. If the report is read correctly, it only says that after privatisation if the coal would have been auctioned, then the government would have got some more profits, said Dikshit.
This is the only point mentioned and the government is itself bringing in competitive bidding. We are not at all at the back-foot. On the contrary, I would say that if the reports and facts are presented in the right manner, the government was not wrong in its decisions, he added.
Meanwhile, Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader Sitaram Yechury sought an explanation from Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, as he had not allowed bidding of coal blocks.
First we want an explanation, why did this government under his charge, particularly from 2006-2009, when these allocations were made, why did he personally, as the minister in-charge of coal and as the Prime Minister not implement its own decision of transparent and a competitive bidding, said Yechury.
He has to answer it to the parliament and to this country, then on that basis, we will take the issue forward, depending what his answer is, he added.
With the impasse in Parliament continuing, the government on Thursday reached out to the main opposition with Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde meeting Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushma Swaraj after which he hoped the matter could be resolved by Monday.
The meeting came against the backdrop of a deadlock between the government and the BJP over the CAG report on coal block allocation, with the opposition being adamant on its demand for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's resignation.
The Parliament has failed to function for the last three days due to the deadlock.
The BJP has held the Prime Minister, who then held direct charge of the Coal Ministry, responsible for what has been a notional loss of Rs 1.86 lakh crores by the CAG in coal block allocation and demanded his resignation.
The CAG report on coal block allocation states that nearly 150 coalfields were allotted to private and state-run firms without transparency and objectivity between 2005 and 2009.
The report does not indict the Prime Minister or his office. But the BJP is emphasizing on the fact that for three of the years under scrutiny, the Prime Minister held the coal portfolio. (ANI)