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PM must speak on missing coal files, says BJP

PM must speak on missing coal files, says BJP

New Delhi: Both houses of parliament were Tuesday disrupted over the BJP's demand for a statement by the Prime Minister on the missing files related to the allocation of coal blocks.

When the house met after a 15-minute break at 11:30am, Leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj Tuesday said the Union government should give an explanation on where the crucial files on coal allocations had disappeared.

Pointing out that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had assured Parliament that he was taking full responsibility for a thorough probe into the coal allocation irregularities, Sushma Swaraj said Singh should explain what steps are being taken by the government to locate the missing files.

BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should make a statement on the issue.

The house was first adjourned for 10 minutes on this issue.

When it met again, Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal rose to make a statement following which BJP members disrupted the house again, forcing it to be adjourned till noon.

Jaiswal Saturday admitted that some files related to coal blocks allocations had gone missing.

In the Lok Sabha, the price rise issue was raised by the left parties and Janata Dal (United) when the house assembled at 11 a.m., forcing Speaker Meira Kumar to adjourn the house for half-an-hour.

Noisy scenes when the house met again forced adjournment - this time till one p.m.

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