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NEW DELHI, Aug 22 � Stalling Parliament for the second consecutive day, BJP today escalated its confrontation with the Government but its strategy found no takers among key allies like JD-U and other opposition parties.

Key UPA ally Trinamool Congress also rejected BJP�s request to it to side with the main Opposition party in targetting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over the CAG report on coal allocation.

BJP members walked out of the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) meeting on 2G scam when its demand for summoning the Prime Minister and Finance Minister P Chidambaram and key PMO officials was rebuffed by the Congress, stepping up its confrontation with the government.

BJP�s strategy of disrupting Parliament did not find favour with the JD-U whose leader Sharad Yadav, who is also NDA convenor, said discussions should take place in the two Houses on the coal block allocation issue.

At the same time, the JD-U said it was with BJP for the sake of NDA discipline and unity but that would be at the most for another two days.

In an attempt to assess the mood ofother parties, Yadav talked to leaders of CPI-M, CPI, TDP, SP and BSP who favoured debate instead of disruption of Parliament.

BJD said stalling the proceedings of the House does not serve any purpose.

�We want the House to function. Biju Janata Dal favours discussion on �coalgate� in Parliament. It would be more democratic to discuss it so that point of views of parties can be known on the issue,� BJD leader and Lok Sabha MP B Mahtab told PTI.

Sources close to Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said she has rejected the BJP request for siding with it.

On its part, BJP went on the offensive on its demand for Prime Minister�s resignation on the ground that former Telecom Minister A Raja and Dayanidhi Maran had to quit. � PTI

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BJP demands PM�s resignation

NEW DELHI, Aug 22 � Stalling Parliament for the second consecutive day, BJP today escalated its confrontation with the Government but its strategy found no takers among key allies like JD-U and other opposition parties.

Key UPA ally Trinamool Congress also rejected BJP�s request to it to side with the main Opposition party in targetting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over the CAG report on coal allocation.

BJP members walked out of the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) meeting on 2G scam when its demand for summoning the Prime Minister and Finance Minister P Chidambaram and key PMO officials was rebuffed by the Congress, stepping up its confrontation with the government.

BJP�s strategy of disrupting Parliament did not find favour with the JD-U whose leader Sharad Yadav, who is also NDA convenor, said discussions should take place in the two Houses on the coal block allocation issue.

At the same time, the JD-U said it was with BJP for the sake of NDA discipline and unity but that would be at the most for another two days.

In an attempt to assess the mood ofother parties, Yadav talked to leaders of CPI-M, CPI, TDP, SP and BSP who favoured debate instead of disruption of Parliament.

BJD said stalling the proceedings of the House does not serve any purpose.

�We want the House to function. Biju Janata Dal favours discussion on �coalgate� in Parliament. It would be more democratic to discuss it so that point of views of parties can be known on the issue,� BJD leader and Lok Sabha MP B Mahtab told PTI.

Sources close to Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said she has rejected the BJP request for siding with it.

On its part, BJP went on the offensive on its demand for Prime Minister�s resignation on the ground that former Telecom Minister A Raja and Dayanidhi Maran had to quit. � PTI

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