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BJP made money from coal, so Cong got greedy too: MP Sajjan Singh

bhopal Updated: Sep 27, 2012 11:07 IST
Ramesh Dhagat

Congress MP from Dewas, Sajjan Singh Verma, courted another controversy on Wednesday when he said the BJP had made huge money by coal block allocation since 1993 which naturally induced some Congress leaders to follow suit.

"After all, feeling greedy is natural when you see others making money and some Congress leaders fell prey to it," Verma said while addressing a small public meeting in Shajapur district.

"The BJP had thought it could target Manmohan Singh over coal block allocation. They didn't allow the parliament to function over the issue. But their designs were defeated when it turned out that five of their own CMs and chief minister of Orissa had asked the Centre not to auction coal blocks. Yes, there are some Congress leaders like Vijay Darda or Manoj Jaiswal, who also got involved in the coal block allocation but they are very few," he said to journalists on his arrival for a public function in the district.

Addressing a public meeting following the function, Verma said, "It is the BJP, which has made huge money in coal block allocation since 1993. What if some Congress leaders also felt greedy and thought of making money! It's only natural when you see others making money," he said.

In February, Verma had hogged the limelight when he said he would be required to say something nasty to Congress president Sonia Gandhi and party general secretary Rahul Gandhi to make them understand that Malwa region needed to be given a big boost on the railway map and "If they don't listen even then, I will catch them by the scruff of their neck and tell them this," he had said. He later said he was talking in the language commonly used in the region and there was no intention to insult anyone.

Subsequently, he indulged in a running battle with the state BJP president Prabhat Jha after he accused the latter of having bought benami land in bulk in Sehore district. The episode had ended with both Jha and Verma staging dharna at each other's houses in Bhopal and Indore respectively.