Coal: Sonia Gandhi magic works on Sushma? BJP spares PM?

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Sonia Gandhi and Sushma Swaraj
New Delhi, Sep 2: Congress President Sonia Gandhi and many other party leaders have been trying to break the logjam in the Parliament over the coal scam. Finally, Mrs Gandhi on Saturday, Sep 1 called BJP leader Sushma Swaraj and the phone call might have spelled its magic as the opposition leader did not reiterate their demand of immediate resignation of the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

After watching the media speculation over her meeting with Mrs Gandhi, Mrs Swaraj broke the silence on Saturday and tweeted, "Friends from media are asking me as to whether Mrs Sonia Gandhi spoke to me ? If yes then what transpired between us?"

Informing about the telecon between the two prominent leaders of the Congress and the BJP, Mrs Swaraja stated, "Yes Mrs Gandhi spoke to me on phone. She wanted the Parliamentary impasse to end by our agreeing to a discussion."

"I told her that the Government should announce the cancellation of Coal blocks and institute a fair and independent inquiry. Then we could have a discussion," added Mrs Swaraj while clarifying the BJP's stand on the entire controversial issue which stormed the Parliament since the the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) submitted its report in the House on Aug 17.

Soon after Mrs Swaraj's tweet, many started questioning - has BJP dropped their initial demand seeking resignation of the prime minister? However,BJP chief spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad expressed a different view than Mrs Swaraj.

Ravi Shankar Prasad has been quoted as saying, "The right to ask questions and seek political, constitutional and moral accountability of the Prime Minister is indeed the constitutional and parliamentary obligation of the Opposition. And Mr Prime Minister this is not 'tu-tu, main-main'."

"If the people have given you the mandate to govern, they have also made the Opposition the custodian of their interest and we shall continue to safeguard that whether you call it 'tu-tu main main' or seek solace in an Urdu couplet," added Mr Prasad.

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