The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) doesn't want to leave any stone unturned to force railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal quit over the recently exposed `cash for job' bribery scam.
CBI on May 3 caught Bansal's nephew Vijay Singla red handed when he was taking 90 lakhs in bribe from a railway official for facilitating him get a creamy position. Reports suggest that the bribe was a part of a huge deal of 12 crore, and the first installment of 90 lakhs was to be given to Bansal.
The BJP-led Opposition yesterday demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the scrapping of all coal mines allotted between 1993 and 2010, after a parliamentary standing committee said in its report that allocations were unauthorised, illegal and most non-transparent.
In its report, tabled in Parliament on Tuesday, the standing committee said that the government adopted the most non-transparent procedure for allocation and supply of coal blocks between 1993 and 2010.
Major opposition party, BJP has demanded the constitution of a special investigation team for carrying out investigations into the large scale coal scam in the country.
BJP leader Arun Jaitley also accused the ruling UPA government of being a rogue government that is not allowing the CBI to function independently in the case. The Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha also said that the government of interfering with the administration of justice by restricting the CBI from informing the Supreme Court about the whole details relating to the scam.
Well-known chartered accountant S Gurumurthy has criticized the government over its decision of opening the retail sector to foreign direct investment (FDI), saying India needed foreign currency and not foreign investment.
Participating in a debate organized by Rotary Club of Nagpur Ishanya and Swadeshi Jagran Manch on Tuesday, Gurumurthy alleged that the government opened the domestic retail sector to foreign investors just to save the United States.
The direct cash transfer scheme has nothing to do with early elections and this will remain while Governments will come and go, Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram has claimed.
While the BJP-led Opposition has long been arguing that the ruling Congress is trying to reap political dividends from the launch of the scheme during the next general elections, the Congress is claiming that the scheme is an attempt to get rid of the middlemen from the system and giving the poor their right.
Reacting on Sonia Gandhi's statement that that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) stood exposed by the revelations made by former Comptroller & Auditor General official RP Singh, Murli Manohar Joshi said that the official's claims only exposed Congress and not BJP.
Senior BJP leader Joshi, who is also the Chairman of Public Accounts Committee (PAC), argued that R P Singh had raised the issue earlier too, but Sonia Gandhi didn't speak out then.
Senior Advocate and BJP member Mahesh Jethmalini has quite BJP and sent his resignation as member of national executive committee. Mahesh Jethmalini, a lawyer and BJP leader by profession, is son of Ram Jethmalini, who is a Member of Parliament and a known lawyer.
Mr. Jethmalini has addressed letter directly to BJP president Nitin Gadkari as he feels that it is morally and intellectually inappropriate to continue under Nitin Gadkari after the corruption charges against him.
The allegations slapped on BJP chief Nitin Gadkari by India Against Corruption (AIC) activist Arvind Kejriwal were already known, Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh said.
Digvijay said that Kejriwal had far more information against Gadkari but he revealed only that information which was already known to the public.
Commenting about the charges leveled by Kejriwal, Digvijay said, "I'm disappointed with the charges that Kejriwal has made because they were already in the public domain."
The main opposition party at the centre, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has indicated that it is planning to boycott the upcoming meeting on the 2G spectrum scam.
Opposition leader Yashwant Sinha has written a letter to the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC), PC Chacko informing him of the decision of the party to stay away from the meeting. BJP has demanded that both Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Finance Minister P Chidambaram be called for deposition as witnesses in the case.
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Thursday predicted early Lok Sabha polls, and said his party was battle-ready for any such situation.
On the sidelines of a conference in Chandigarh, Mr. Badal said that the Congress-led coalition at the center was bound to crumble because of the continuing internal tussle and distrust among key allies.
Speaking on the topic, he added, "UPA is crumbling. Mid-term polls are a definite possibility. And we are battle-ready for any situation like this."
The list of witnesses to be examined by the joint parliamentary committee (JPC) in the 2G spectrum scam has become the bone of contention between the BJP-led Opposition and the ruling side in the JPC.
BJP had submitted a list of fifteen names, but the committee stretched the list to a whopping 107 names. BJP alleged that the ruling side in the committee included irrelevant names in the list with a sole aim to blunt the probe and turn attention away from the top government functionaries.
The ongoing CBI probe into the controversial allocation of coal blocks can be extended into the 39 blocks allocated during BJP-led NDA regime, Minster of State in the PMO V Narayansami said.
Speaking to reporters, Narayansami said alleged that all of the 39 coal blocks allotted during the NDA regime lacked required procedure and that the allocations were made in a non-transparent manner.
Speaking on the topic, he said, "There have been demands from various quarters and the coal ministry is examining the possibility of extending the CBI enquiry into all allocations made during the NDA regime.”
Political parties are not eligible to receive donations from any foreign source but both the ruling Congress and the BJP accepted funds from London-based group Vedanta, according to a newly published NGO report.
NGO Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) portrayed a very corrupt picture of India political parties in its report, which claims that political parties have pocketed a whopping Rs 4,662 crore via donations, many of which were given by foreign groups.
The government is planning to cancel 53 coal blocks allotments that failed to meet timelines for starting production, a coal ministry official said.
Citing an unnamed top coal ministry official, the TOI reported that the ministry had served notice for de-allocation on the ground of willful delays in the start of production.
The paper quoted the official, "Blocks allotted to companies that are found wanting in their efforts to meet the timelines would be de-allocated."
While the Opposition led by BJP and many allies of the UPA are aggressively opposing the government’s proposal to open the retail market of India to foreign investment, former president A P J Abdul Kalam has openly support the proposal.
Mr. Kalam support foreign direct investment (FDI) in retail, saying developing countries need an atmosphere of competitiveness and aggressiveness to become developed.
This is apparently going to be a stormy week for the Parliament as main opposition party BJP has warned that it would stall both Houses on the infamous coal scam issue.
Demanding Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's resignation, BJP said the prime minister was morally, politically and personally responsible for the Rs 1.86 lakh crore loss estimated by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) in coal block allocation.
Congress feels that it is better to not give any importance to Baba Ramdev or Team Anna. However, the leadership in Congress is forgetting that common man in India is suffering and he wants the change in the system.
Media reports have confirmed that Team Anna will call off the fast at Jantar Mantar tomorrow. There were reports that Team Anna will soon announce a political party. Arvind Kejriwal has asked supporters of Team Anna and Indian Against Corruption to cast their votes by SMS, Facebook and Email to decide the future direction of the protest against corruption.
Supporters of Team Anna have also held a protest outside BJP office in New Delhi. The supporters are protesting against the political will of major political parties to go ahead with the Jan Lokpal Bill.
The main opposition group, the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) has demanded resignation of Home Minister P Chidambaram for his role n the 2G spectrum spam in 2008.
Chidambaram did not comment on a recent court order in the case but the government said that there is not question of his resignation. The demand for his resignation resulted in Parliament initially adjourned till 12 pm and then till 2 pm. The parliamentarians gathered again at 2 pm to begin a crucial discussion on price rise.
Opposition parties in India have united to oppose the government’s plans to allow Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the retail sector.
The cabinet approved a plan to allow 51% foreign direct investment in the supermarket sector in the country. The move will allow global giants like Wal-Mart, Tesco and Carrefour to enter the Indian market.