New Delhi: The Left parties, along with Samajwadi Party (SP) and Telugu Desam Party (TDP), staged a sit-in, on Friday, to protest at the main entrance of parliament house building.
The protest included some big names from the Indian politics including Communist Party of India-Marxist leader Sitaram Yechury, SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, Communist Party of India leader Gurudas Dasgupta and TDP leader Nama Nageshwara Rao.
The leaders occupied the entrance from where MPs reach inside the Parliament House building. The leaders raised slogans demanding a fair probe and debate in the parliament on the mega coal scam.
"If anyone is preventing the truth from coming out in the coal scam, it is the Bhartiya Janata Party. Skeletons will also come out from the BJP's closet, so they are not allowing a debate," Communist Party of India-Marxist leader Sitaram Yechury said after the protest.
The Bharatiya Janata Party has been stalling parliament over the coal scam, demanding the resignation of the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
The main opposition party has said that it will neither allow parliament to function, nor permit a debate until Prime Minister Manmohan Singh resigns, owning moral responsibility for the scam.
SP leader Mulayam Singh, talking to reporters after the protest, said they would take to the streets with their demand for a probe.
"We demand that a sitting Supreme Court judge or the CBI inquire into the scam. If they don't order a probe, we will hit the streets, the markets, go to the people. We have decided to take forward the struggle," Yadav said.
Asked if this was an indication of the formation of a Third Front, he said: "This will continue, whatever you think."
He also said that they wanted parliament to function and a debate to take place.
"Parliament should function, there should be a debate, and coal block licences should be cancelled," he said.
TDP leader Nama Nageshwara Rao, meanwhile, alleged that the Congress and the BJP were both involved in many scams.
"Even in the iron-ore scam of Karnataka as well, both the Congress and the BJP were involved," said Rao.
As the protest ended, Janata Dal-United leader Sharad Yadav also came to greet Yechury. He, however, refused to comment on the protest or the third front and said he came just to meet Yechury.
The parties came together after the SP chief called a meeting of non-UPA, non-NDA parties Thursday.