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Indian premier defends gov't against coal scandal

Indian premier defends gov't against coal scandal

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh says accusations his government cost the country billions of dollars in a coal scandal were baseless.
Singh tried to defend himself in Parliament on Monday. But when opposition lawmakers shouted him down, his office took to Twitter to make his case.
Singh's office tweeted: `'I wish to say that any allegations of impropriety are without basis and unsupported by the facts."
India's Parliament has been all but paralyzed since the national auditor released a report two weeks ago saying the sale of coal blocks without competitive bidding was expected to net private companies windfall profits of up to $34 billion.
The government disputed the calculation as the main opposition called for Singh's resignation.


Updated : 2021-07-25 11:09 GMT+08:00