NEW DELHI: BJP today expressed its ire against Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s remarks that he is not responsible for the missing files in the coal ministry and insisted that he should have personally ensured that the sensitive documents were kept in safe custody.
BJP has been attacking the Prime Minister on the issue of missing files and alleged that since he held the coal portfolio between 2006-09, he should be held responsible. The party has alleged that coal mines were allocated in this period without following proper procedure and there was favoritism while giving contracts.
The coal block allocation scam is estimated to be worth Rs 1.86 lakh crore. CBI investigation into the case is being monitored by the Supreme Court.
The Prime Minister has denied that he is in any way responsible for the scam or the missing files.
“I am not the custodian of the files in the coal ministry,” Singh said in the Rajya Sabha during a discussion on his statement on the state of the economy. BJP alleged that in case of scams like the 2G spectrum allocation, Commonwealth Games, and others, the Prime Minister had a “veneer of alibis” and maintained he was not in any way accountable for them.
But in the case of the coal scam the Prime Minister cannot evade responsibility, Prasad said.-PTI