BJP names Cong leaders as coal scam beneficiaries
A combative BJP geared up for a nationwide campaign after Parliament session ended this week. On Tuesday, leader of opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj alleged that the benefits of coal block allocations had gone to several key Congress leaders.delhi Updated: Sep 05, 2012 00:35 IST
A combative BJP geared up for a nationwide campaign after Parliament session ended this week. On Tuesday, leader of opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj alleged that the benefits of coal block allocations had gone to several key Congress leaders.
"Coal block has been allocated to Naveen Jindal. People like Subodh Kant Sahay and Moti Lal Vohra had given their recommendation to private parties," she told party workers in New Delhi.
Swaraj's fresh allegations came as BJP claimed the CBI raids into the controversial allocations were due to its campaign and maintained it vindicates the party stand that there was wrongdoing by the UPA government.
Justifying her party's role in stalling Parliament, Swaraj asked BJP workers to go across the country to spread the word that the screening committee set by the government to allocate these blocks had formed joint ventures on its own and claimed that huge sum of money was exchanged during the process.
"Mota maal (huge sum of money) was exchanged during the JVs, which were formed by the screening committee. With scams like CAG, 2G and now coal, it seems government is trying to break its own previous records in conducting scams," she alleged.
"When we ask the Prime Minister why he does not want to cancel these allocations, he says it would result in loss of GDP and revenue to the public exchequer. But no mining activity has been conducted in these blocks, so where did the money go finally if not to the Congress kitty?" she asked.
Swaraj also referred to the cancellation of petrol pumps during the NDA regime after reports of alleged scam. "It is not the first time that such allocations will be cancelled. We wonder what vested interest this government has," she said.
BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said, "These raids being conducted by the CBI...is based on our complaint...These raids by CBI are not happening due to the government."