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Parliament impasse on, BJP adamant

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NEW DELHI, Aug 27 � The stalemate in Parliament over coal block allocation issue entered the second week today paralysing the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha despite Prime Minister Manmohan Singh�s statement as a determined BJP stuck to its demand for his resignation, reports PTI.

Turmoil over the issue which wiped off four days of business last week continued today with both the Houses witnessing repeated adjournments before calling off the proceedings for the day.

The Prime Minister was forced to lay the statement in both Houses as BJP members stormed the Well raising slogans for his resignation.

He dubbed the CAG�s computation of loss of Rs 1.86 lakh crore in coal block allocation as �flawed� and �misleading� and blamed the Opposition for thwarting the Centre�s effort to shift to competitive bidding.

Singh said he took �full responsibility� for the decisions taken as he contended that CAG�s �observations� are �clearly disputable�.

The Lok Sabha had to be adjourned till noon first and later till 2 pm, while the Rajya Sabha first adjourned till noon, then till 12:30 pm, and again till 2:00 pm. Both the Houses met at 2 pm only to be adjourned for the day minutes later as BJP members kept up the pressure.

As soon as the Lok Sabha met, BJP members trooped into the Well raising slogans against the Prime Minister after Speaker Meira Kumar�s obituary reference to film actor A K Hangal.

�Pradhan Mantri Istifa do (Prime Minister should resign),� the BJP members chanted in the Well. Amid din, Kumar took up the Question Hour but nothing could be heard.

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Parliament impasse on, BJP adamant

NEW DELHI, Aug 27 � The stalemate in Parliament over coal block allocation issue entered the second week today paralysing the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha despite Prime Minister Manmohan Singh�s statement as a determined BJP stuck to its demand for his resignation, reports PTI.

Turmoil over the issue which wiped off four days of business last week continued today with both the Houses witnessing repeated adjournments before calling off the proceedings for the day.

The Prime Minister was forced to lay the statement in both Houses as BJP members stormed the Well raising slogans for his resignation.

He dubbed the CAG�s computation of loss of Rs 1.86 lakh crore in coal block allocation as �flawed� and �misleading� and blamed the Opposition for thwarting the Centre�s effort to shift to competitive bidding.

Singh said he took �full responsibility� for the decisions taken as he contended that CAG�s �observations� are �clearly disputable�.

The Lok Sabha had to be adjourned till noon first and later till 2 pm, while the Rajya Sabha first adjourned till noon, then till 12:30 pm, and again till 2:00 pm. Both the Houses met at 2 pm only to be adjourned for the day minutes later as BJP members kept up the pressure.

As soon as the Lok Sabha met, BJP members trooped into the Well raising slogans against the Prime Minister after Speaker Meira Kumar�s obituary reference to film actor A K Hangal.

�Pradhan Mantri Istifa do (Prime Minister should resign),� the BJP members chanted in the Well. Amid din, Kumar took up the Question Hour but nothing could be heard.

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