New Delhi, Aug 28: What can be more shocking for the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that his own party - Congress has been conspiring against him just because many party members want to replace him and want to make Rahul Gandhi the next PM of the country.
Such shocking allegations against the party have been hurled by Samajwadi Party leader Mohan Singh who accused the party of hatching a conspiracy against Manmohan Singh over coal scam.
"Some people from inside Congress want to remove Manmohan Singh and bring in the Yuvraaj (crown prince). I wonder if this (demand for PM's resignation by BJP) is being played out from within Congress," said the Samajwadi Party leader.
Mohan Singh faced criticism from his own party members when Ramgopal Yadav tried to conceal his embarrassment and refused to comment on Mohan Singh's conspiracy theory. Yadav, however, claimed that the controversy over coal scam can be ended only through open debate in the Parliament.
Meanwhile, rubbishing Mohan Singh's statement, Congress spokesperson Janardhan Dwivedi on Tuesday, Aug 28 has been quoted as saying, "The party has repeated this several times...before 2009 elections, said in our manifesto that our Prime Ministerial candidate is Manmohan Singh. After that also, we have said this several times that he will continue to remain the Prime Minister till 2014."
The Samajwadi Party leader's statement surfaced at a time when the country has been witnessing ruckus in the Parliament everyday. The BJP has already announced that they will not allow the House to function further until and unless the Prime Minister resigns. On the contrary, Congress led UPA government invited them for an open debate on the floor of the Houses.
The whole controversy began when the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) submitted its report which claimed that coal blocks allocation between 2005 and 2009 led to a loss of Rs 1.86 lakh crore to the national exchequer.
The CAG report, which was tabled in the Parliament on Aug 17, did not indict the Prime Minister Office (PMO) but scrutinised the period between 2005 to 2009 when Manmohan Singh was the coal minister.
The report named 25 companies including Essar Power, Hindalco, Tata Steel, Tata Power and Jindal Steel and Power which have got the blocks in various states. According to the report, nearly 44 billion tonnes of coal were given away at throwaway prices to private companies and 194 coal blocks were allegedly allotted to companies on mere recommendations.
On Monday, the Prime Minister broke his silence for the first time in the House and accepted all responsibilities regarding the decisions which was taken by the then coal ministry. However, the PM also urged the opposition parties to come for discussion and allow the Parliament to work.