CPI-M seeks Manmohan Singh's explanation over coal scam report row

New Delhi, May 13 (ANI): The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) on Monday sought an explanation from the Congress-led UPA Government over the coal scam report row, and alleged that Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh was presiding over a very corrupt regime.

CPI-M General Secretary Prakash Karat said that the image of the Prime Minister is getting tarnished. He said:"The Prime Minister is presiding over a very corrupt regime and his image is tarnished. We are still waiting to hear from the Prime Minister. He has to explain his role and the role of the PMO in these matters. "

Ashwani Kumar, who stepped down as Law Minister last week, was under sharp criticism after the Supreme Court rapped the CBI for sharing its draft coal block allocation probe report with him and two senior bureaucrats.

The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) has sought a detailed report from the CBI over the Centre's interference in its investigation into the coal blocks allocation scam.

The CBI, which is probing irregularities in allocation of coalmine blocks on the direction of CVC, has so far registered 11 FIRs in the matter.

The Supreme Court had earlier on May 6 rapped the CBI, Prime Minister's Office and Coal Ministry officials for changing the 'heart' of the coal scam probe report.

The CBI Director has admitted before the Supreme Court that its status report on the coal blocks probe was shared with the Law Minister and two joint secretaries, in the PMO and Coal Ministry, respectively.

The CPI-M also expressed its displeasure with the Food Security Bill and Land Acquisition and Rehabilitation Bill.

"We have serious problems with both the bills. The food security bill doesn't provide for universal public distribution system. As far as land acquisition and rehabilitation (bill is concerned), we have host of amendments. There are major flaws in the bill - 13 laws have been exempted from purview of this act," said Karat.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari had earlier on Friday said that the UPA Government has complete support of its coalition partners on the Food Security Bill."With a lot of responsibility I would like to say that we (Congress party) respect all our supporters. But whereas Food Security or its Bill is concerned, we are on the same page with our allies," he told the media in Mumbai.

Tewari further lashed out at the BJP for blocking crucial bills in the Parliament, particularly the one pertaining to food security."The UPA wants to remove hunger, while it seems that the BJP wants to remove the hungry," he added.

The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, had earlier last week said the UPA Government is committed to the passage of Food Security Bill."The Food Security Bill is a very important legislation for the government. The UPA is committed to make this law after considering all opinions," he said.

The bill could not be passed as the budget session of Parliament adjourned sine die two days ahead of its schedule.

The Food Bill aims at giving legal right over a uniform quantity of 5 kg foodgrains at a fixed price of Rs 1-3 per kg via ration shops to 67 percent of the population.

The amendments to the Food Bill, which was originally introduced in Parliament in December 2011, was moved in the Lok Sabha last week, but discussion could not take place due to disruption of proceedings on several issues, including coalgate scam.

The government had made three attempts in the Lok Sabha last week to get the bill passed.

The main opposition party had said that it will not allow the Congress-led UPA Government to push its important bills in Parliament till the resignations of Ashwani Kumar and Pawan Kumar Bansal from the Union Cabinet. (ANI)