Parliament in turmoil for third day
India’s parliament has failed to meet for a third day after the main opposition party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
The battle comes after a report by the country’s auditors, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) that stated the country lost around $33 billion by selling coal blocks allocation without auction from 2005 to 2009. The affair has been popularly named as Coalgate in the Indian media.
Although the report exonerated the Prime Minister, it is one of a series of reports that have embarrassed the government over poor governance and management of assets.
Speaker Meira Kumar was unable to control clashes between the BJP and ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) led by the Indian National Congress (INC) again today and parliament was suspended until at least noon.