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Kejriwal poses 10 questions to PM and Gadkari

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, August 27, 2012
First Published: 23:05 IST(27/8/2012) | Last Updated: 08:17 IST(28/8/2012)

Arvind Kejriwal-led India Against Corruption on Monday asked 10 questions each to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and BJP President Nitin Gadkari on the alleged scam in the allocation of coal mines between 2004 and 2009.

A day after the IAC activists tried to march to the residences of Singh, Gadkari and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, the organisation posted these queries on its website, saying the people of the country should not be kept in the dark.

In the questions addressed to the Prime Minister, the IAC has reminded Singh about his May 30 statement that even if an iota of truth is found in allegations levelled against him by Team Anna, he would quit public life.

“Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) is a constitutional body and works in an impartial manner. Pointing a finger directly at you, it has pointed out that the entire scam took place when you were the overall incharge of the concerned ministry, what are you waiting for now?," the IAC stated.

It has asked the PM what has been preventing the government from cancelling the controversial licences granted to private parties. The activists have alleged a secret understanding between the government and the BJP on the issue.   


Arvind Kejriwal is shielded by supporters as he flees police during clashes at a protest near the Prime Minister's official residence in New Delhi. AP

The activists have asked Gadkari whether Rajya Sabha BJP MP Ajay Sancheti is his business partner.

"Is it true that has has also been a beneficiary of allocation of coal mines during this period?," the IAC asked. 

The anti-graft activists have also raised the issue of chief ministers of BJP-ruled states having opposed the auction of coal mines.

"Your party is demanding the PM's resignation, we support that demand. But what about the chief ministers of Chhattisgarh, and Madhya Pradesh. Why should they not resign?” the IAC asked Gadkari. 

Anna praises IAC, backs Kejriwal
Supporting his key aide, Arvind Kejriwal on the issue of attacking both the Congress and the BJP on the coal block allotments, Anna Hazare congratulated the IAC volunteers for their peaceful protest in Delhi on Sunday.

“If the second war for independence is to succeed then we have to be prepared to be beaten up by the police with sticks. When the time comes, we will even be prepared to face bullets and the example of a peaceful protest for changing the system shown by the youths of Delhi will spread like wild fire across the country,” Hazare wrote on his blog.

HTC, New Delhi


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