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BJP tries to wash hands off mining allegations

NEW DELHI: Distancing itself from CAG findings in the Chhattisgarh mining case allegedly involving its MP Ajay Sancheti, the BJP today said the party has nothing to do with allocation of coal

Published: 11th April 2012 02:05 PM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 07:27 PM   |  A+A-

NEW DELHI: Distancing itself from CAG findings in the Chhattisgarh mining case allegedly involving its MP Ajay Sancheti, the BJP today said the party has nothing to do with allocation of coal block in the state and a final decision on the report would be taken by the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament.

Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley, when asked about the CAG report, said irregularities in coal block allocation have taken place across the country in which the government is said to have incurred a loss of Rs 10 lakh crore.

"The party or politics of the party has nothing to do with who was given allocation (of coal blocks) on what basis..., If it is related to business of a particular person, the PAC will go through the procedure and take a decision," Jaitley said.

The CAG report has stated that Sancheti's firm SMS Infrastructure was favoured in terms of cost for the exploration contract given to it for Bhadgaon II Extension coal block.

Congress has alleged that the BJP government in Chhattisgarh favoured Sancheti and BJP president Nitin Gadkari also benefited from the alleged financial wrongdoings in the deal but the BJP has denied these charges.

Taking a dig at the UPA, Jaitley said reports about alleged irregularities involving coal mines across the country have come which mentioned about loss of Rs 10 lakh crore to the country.

Last month, the CAG in a draft report has estimated a Rs 10.6 lakh crore loss to the exchequer on account of allotment of coal blocks during 2004 to 2009 without auction to 100 private and public sector companies.

Asked whether BJP would field candidates for the election to the two Rajya Sabha seats from Jharkhand which was countermanded over allegations of use of money-power and horse-trading, Jaitley said the BJP Parliamentary Party and the Election Committe will take a decision on it.

The Election Commission yesterday announced that election would be held for the two seats afresh on May 3.



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