BJP also responsible for coal scam: Prakash Karat

Prakash KaratRidiculing the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for stalling the proceedings in parliament, CPM general secretary Prakash Karat yesterday alleged the erstwhile NDA government was no less responsible for the coal scam.

"Along with Congress, (BJP-led) NDA government is also responsible for the Rs 1.86 crore coal scam," Karat told reporters in Ranchi.

"BJP is not doing the right thing by stalling Parliament on this issue (CAG report on coal block allotment). It should allow Parliament to function," Karat said.

He said "BJP is alone and not even its allies are with it. The parliamentary system should not be disrupted."

He added Left parties were willing to participate in the debate when the CAG report was placed during the monsoon session itself.

He added in reply to a question, that he did not subscribe to BJP's statement that prime minister Manmohan Singh should not have read out his statement amid din in parliament on CAG's report on coal block allotment.