Lotus, BJP's symbol
Lotus, Bharatiya Janata Party's symbolReuters

The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday announced that it will hold two-day protest at state capitals against the congress led UPA government over Coalgate and 2G scams.

Speaking to reporters, BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said they will organise the agitation on 4-5 May to highlight "how the government was engaging shamelessly in the massive cover up" refering to the Coalgate and 2G scams.

"An abominable attempt is being made by the Congress government to cover up the corruption that has surfaced in the coal issue. BJP has decided to take this fight against corruption and massive cover up from Parliament to the people of the country," Prakash Javadekar told Press Trust of India.

"We will hold demonstrations in all state capitals on May 4 and 5 on the issue and submit a memorandum to the Governors."

Javadekar criticised Manmohan Singh's strong stand on defending Minister of Law and Justice Ashwani Kumar by alleging that prime minister was using Kumar as a shield to protect himself.

Asserting that Kumar intruded in the CBI report of Coalgate scam with the PM's consent, Javadekar said, "The Law Minister did it with the direct consent and order from the Prime Minister. So the Prime Minister's complicity and culpability is also very very established. He (Kumar) looked at the CBI report at the instance of the PM."

"The Prime Minister says that the Law Minister will not resign. He is using the latter as a shield and, hence protecting him. Singh fears that if the Law Minister goes, the next to be in the firing line will be he himself."

Jayadekar also retorted that disrupting the Parliament proceedings the opposition was making mockery of the nation's system of democracy and thereby letting the world to laugh at India. Hitting back at the PM over his comment Jayadekar said "The fact is that they are laughing at us for the corruption in the country and how attempts are being made to cover it up."

"We want to ask the Prime Minister. Is it not a fact that you have signed on the (papers for) allocation of coal blocks in whatever cases have come to light in the coal scam? We completely reject the Prime Minister's statement that the Law Minister will not resign," Javadekar added.

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