The Opposition has raised a storm in the ongoing session of the Parliament over the Coalgate and the prime minister was seen defending his government in the Rajya Sabha on two occasions, although in contradictory ways.
The BJP alleged that the PM was evading questions pertaining to the coal scam
BJP leader Balbir Punj said the prime minister could not evade responsibility for he was the coal minister at the time of the scam and no investigation would be complete till the PM was interrogated. Prime Minister Singh left for the G-20 Summit in St Petersburg in Russia on Wednesday.
On Tuesday, the prime minister tried to placate the Opposition by saying that his government will do all that is necessary to ensure that the coal scam is rightly probed. He took a surprising U-turn from the offensive stand he took vis-a-vis the Opposition last week and defended his government.
He also met senior BJP leaders at his residence and tried a dinner diplomacy to make peace with the Opposition. But nothing has paid off as the Opposition is adamant on the issue. On Wednesday, the BJP asked why no FIR was filed over the missing coal files that the PM vowed to trace soon.
The prime minister said prior to his departure that he will emphasise at the summit "the need for an orderly exit from the unconventional monetary policies being pursued by the developed world for the last few years, so as to avoid damaging the growth prospects of the developing world." (See PM's statement here)
Well, for the time being, the PM has managed a disorderly exit from the Parliament.