Manmohan Singh, the Indian prime minister, will speak in Parliament today to clarify his role in "Coal gate," the scandal of rigged contracts of coal mining that threatens to cost him his resignation. The prime minister may not even be able to enter the room: a week in fact, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), leader of the opposition party, has blocked all parliamentary activity, demanding the resignation Singh. Yesterday, in New Delhi, the police dispersed hundreds of protesters trying to reach the residence of Singh.
The "Coalgate" exploded with the publication of a government report, which states that India has lost $ 33 billion due to the sale of rigged contracts for 57 coal mines. The alleged offenses date back to the period 2005-2009, the years when he was Minister Manmohan Singh Coal. Although the author of the report has exempted the premier from any liability, the BJP calls for his resignation. On 29 May, the spread of the early data indicate that the same Singh said he was "dispoibile to withdraw from his public office, if found guilty."
India is one of the largest coal producers in the world, and for this reason the local newspapers call this scandal, "the mother of all scams". These days, the prime minister said he "can give exhaustive answers to all the questions raised by the report." However, the "Coal gate" is likely to collapse in a definitive way the credibility of the Congress (the first ruling party). For months, weakened by corruption scandals, with the election of its candidate as the new Chairman of India's party had breathed a sigh of relief, pending the general elections of 2014