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Sep 01, 2012, 11.02 AM IST
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday hit out at the BJP over the CAG coal block allocations report. Returning from Tehran after attending the NAM summit, the Prime Minister on board Air India One said that he does not want to go into war of words or slanging match with other political leaders.
"I have to maintain the dignity of the office of the Prime Minister. Can't get into slanging match with political leaders. It is better, as I said earlier, I would keep silent," said Manmohan.
Facing personal attacks over the CAG report on coal blocks allocation, the Prime Minister also ruled out his resignation.
"Lack of cohesive coordination in domestic politics has been a factor in country not being able to lay foundation for 9 per cent growth rate," added the Prime Minister.
An unrelenting Manmohan Singh added that it's for the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) to decide if he needs to appear before the panel on coal blocks and told the Opposition categorically that voters had given a their verdict in favour of UPA II and that verdict needs to be respected.
He also reiterated that the BJP should stop disrupting Parliament as a diversionary tactic and rather fight it out in the next elections.
Meanwhile, the BJP's nationwide protest over the coal blocks allocations began on Friday. The party, after stalling Parliament for seven days over the issue, gave a call for a nationwide protest over the matter. The party has been demanding that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who was the Coal Minister during the period in which the allocations were made, resign.
Demanding the Prime Minister's resignation over the issue, the BJP stalled Parliament this is the eighth consecutive day. Only the Rajya Sabha managed to approve the extension of the Lokpal Select Committee till the 'last day of the first week of the Winter Session'.
Meanwhile, Sonia Gandhi has called a meeting of Congress leaders on Friday afternoon.
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