BJP insists on PM's resignation
Posted on: 02 Sep 2012
Mumbai: BJP leader Sushma Swaraj Sunday said her party was sticking to its stand that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should resign in the alleged coal scam.
But the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would allow parliament to function if the controversial coal block allocations were cancelled and an independent inquiry was ordered, she told the media here.
She said the interpretation that the BJP had given up on the prime minister's resignation was wrong. The party has only given the government a window so that parliament could function, she added.
'(Congress president) Sonia Gandhi called me three days back and asked if a debate could take place in parliament. I said they should cancel the allocations and order a fair probe. She said she would get back to me, but the talks remained inconclusive,' she said.
'However, the interpretation that the BJP has given up the demand for the prime minister's resignation is wrong.
'We have put these two conditions so that parliament can function. Even in the debate we would take the stand that the prime minister, as the then coal minister, should resign,' she said.
Gandhi had telephoned Sushma Swaraj Thursday.
The BJP leader also said that her party would take to the streets after parliament's monsoon session ends Sep 7 to demand Manmohan Singh's resignation.