Cong, allies favour debate on coalgate

The co-ordination committee of the ruling United Progressive Alliance as well as the core committee of the Congress party met on Wednesday and discussed, among other issues, the stand-off in Parliament over the coal scam issue.

All the parties at the co-ordination committee meeting insisted that there was no question of the resignation of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. They also discussed floor management in Parliament if the discussion did take place.

Briefing reporters after the meeting, Finance Minister P Chidambaram said the coal stalemate was one of the issues which was discussed.

He said the meeting favoured discussion on the issue on the floor of Parliament. Many hoped that normalcy would return to Parliament from Monday next.

The co-ordination and core committees noted with concern the continued unrest and violence in the North-East, migration of the people of the region from urban centres like Bangalore and the spread of hate mails and messages allegedly from Pakistan.

The prime minister explained to the two panels the efforts that the government made in containing the situation.

Trinamool Congress leader and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said her party was opposed to foreign direct investment in airlines.

Besides Mamata Banerjee, NDA’ s Sharad Pawar and DMK’s T R Baalu attended the co-ordination panel meeting.

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