BJP to take coalgate protest to the streets
After upping the ante on the “coal allocation scam” with the BJP stalling proceedings in Parliament for over a week, the main Opposition party on Tuesday decided to take the protests to the streets, with its leaders hitting the road, across the country.
The move followed a decision taken at a meeting of the BJP general secretaries held in Parliament. With party chief Nitin Gadkari out of the country, the meeting was chaired by BJP Parliamentary Party chairman L K Advani. Leaders of Opposition in the two Houses, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley, were also present at the meeting.
“We will take the protests all over the country; an elaborate plan is being chalked out for the same,” said party general secretary Vijay Goel. Another BJP general secretary Ravi Shankar Prasad, who was present at the meeting, told Express that party leaders would fan out across the country.
During the initial stage of the protests, scheduled for this weekend, Prasad said the party leaders would hold news conferences in various cities and towns, across the country. “I am, for instance, going to Jabalpur, this weekend,” he said.
The stir would be further intensified as the monsoon session of Parliament is scheduled to conclude on September 7. The issue also figured at the BJP Parliamentary Party meeting where the trio of Sushma, Jaitley and Prasad explained the nuances of the “scam” to the party MPs. The MPs were asked to take forward the message to their respective constituencies.