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BJP ups the ante, demands PM, law minister, AG's resignation

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, May 09, 2013
First Published: 00:29 IST(9/5/2013) | Last Updated: 00:30 IST(9/5/2013)

With the Supreme Court taking a dim view of the law minister Ashwani Kumar and PMO officials vetting a CBI status report on the allocation of coal blocks, the BJP and Left launched a scathing attack on the UPA government, reiterating that the law minister step down.

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Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj repeated the BJP's demand that the law minister and attorney general GE Vahanvati resign forthwith.

"ASG blamed the attorney general. Now, attorney general blames law minister. The fact is that all three of them have misconducted themselves," Swaraj tweeted on Wednesday.

Recalling that Haren Raval had resigned as the additional solicitor general, Swaraj said: "ASG has resigned. The attorney general and the law minister should also resign forthwith," she added.

The BJP has also been demanding Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's resignation over the matter.

"The court made some observations by which we can infer that the case is diluted, the investigative team is truncated, more importantly, the heart of report has been changed," senior BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu said.

CPI leader D Raja said, "The Law minister should have stepped down by now. Why has the PM not asked him to step down? There is also a question mark on the attorney general continuing in the office. This is also an indictment of the PMO. So, the PM has a lot to answer."

The BJP's deputy leader in the Rajya Sabha Ravi Shankar Prasad also attacked the government: "Does the Congress have a loot licence? Can a PMO joint secretary come to a meeting like this without the approval of the PM? Why are law minister Ashwani Kumar and railway minister Pawan Bansal being saved? Is there any morality and accountability in this government?" 

In Chandigarh, BJP activists staged a protest demanding that Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi "break his silence" on the 2G scam and the coal scam. Gandhi was there to meet state party leaders and workers in his bid to further strengthen the party in Haryana.

The Aam Admi Party said in a statement: "The position of the law minister and the attorney general has become untenable in view of their repeated false statement and attempts to interfere with investigation."


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