Home ODISHA LATEST Mining scam: Niranjan questions Speaker’s ‘phoney logic’

Mining scam: Niranjan questions Speaker’s ‘phoney logic’

0
SHARE

OST Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Feb 8:

Niranjan Patnaik, Former PCC chief
Niranjan Patnaik, Former PCC chief

Senior Congress leader Niranjan Patnaik has flayed the decision of the Speaker of the Odisha Assembly not to permit an opposition-sponsored adjournment motion on the full ramifications of the Shah Panel Report on the Odisha mining scam.
Contesting the Speaker’s contention that the adjournment could not be granted because it was an old issue, Patnaik wondered how it could have been discussed in the House earlier when the first two volumes of the Justice Shah Commission’s report became public only last week.
“If the Government has the courage, let them say that the report published on a leading website last week is not genuine. But, if the report is genuine, then a full discussion must be held. Why else should there be an Assembly in the State?” the Congress leader asked.
Terming the Speaker’s argument that there was nothing immediate about it as ‘phony logic’ advanced to shelter the Chief Minister and the BJD Government, the former PCC president said If the mining scam, which is the biggest corruption case in Odisha’s history, does not deserve to be discussed through an adjournment motion, then there is something seriously wrong about the way parliamentary procedures are understood by the Speaker and the Government.
“Such media expose have been the basis of adjournment motion time and again and the Speaker should follow laid down convention. It is a matter of privilege of the State Assembly to discuss any such report on affairs relating to Odisha without waiting for anything that the Union Parliament may do,” he said.
For a long time the BJD has been claiming to be running an honest Government. The Shah Commission in Pages 112 to 115 of its first report made a severe indictment of the Government under the heading ‘Corruption’ leaving behind no manner of doubt that during 2008 to 2011 there was large scale plundering of the wealth of the state in broad day light because of a conspiracy involving political leaders. The question is who are these political leaders. BJD has been in office for the last 15 years and cannot claim that anyone else prevented them from stopping the loot that was taking place under their nose. The Government of Andhra Pradesh suo moto handed over mining scam in their state to the C.B.I. for investigation. Now the BJD Government does not even want to discuss the Shah Commission report that has concluded that the investigation by the State vigilance lacks credibility and recommended C.B.I. investigation. Is it in Odisha’s interest that the guilty goes unpunished? For a while the BJD kept denying that the Commission has indicted any political leader or that it has recommended C.B.I. investigation. They were even saying that the Commission has expressed satisfaction by action initiated by them. Now that the truth is known, people of Odisha have a right to be told about this saga of systematic plundering of their wealth.
The Government obviously wants to avoid any expose before the next election. The senior leader has suggested that the combined opposition should force the Government to agree to a comprehensive discussion on the Shah Commission report in the Assembly.
The first two volumes of the justice Shah Commission’s report came to public light only last week and therefore the issue is of immediate public importance. How could the Shah Commission report have been discussed earlier, when the report became public only now? If the Government has courage let them say that the report published in the website last week is not genuine. But, if the report is genuine then a full discussion must be held. Why else should there be an Assembly in the State?
The argument that there is nothing immediate is a phony logic advanced to shelter the Chief Minister and the BJD Government. If mining scam, which is the biggest corruption case in Odisha history, does not deserve to be discussed through an adjournment motion, then there is unfortunately something drastically wrong about the way parliamentary procedures are understood by the Speaker and the Government. Such media expose have been the basis of adjournment motion time and again and the Speaker should follow laid down convention. It is a matter of privilege of the State Assembly to discuss any such report on affairs relating to Odisha without waiting for anything that the Union Parliament may do.
Quoting from Pages 112 to 115 of the first volume of the Shah Commission’s report, Patnaik said the Commission report has left no room for any doubt that there was large scale plunder of the mineral wealth of the state through a conspiracy involving political leaders during 2008 to 2011.
“The question is who are these political leaders? BJD has been in office for the last 15 years and cannot claim that anyone else prevented them from stopping the loot that was taking place under their nose. The Government of Andhra Pradesh suo moto handed over the mining scam in their state to the CBI for investigation. Now the BJD Government does not even want to discuss the Shah Commission report that has concluded that the investigation by the State vigilance lacks credibility and recommended CBI investigation. Is it in Odisha’s interest that the guilty goes unpunished?” the Congress leader said.
For a while the BJD kept denying that the Commission had indicted any political leader or that it has recommended CBI investigation. They even claimed that the Commission had expressed satisfaction with the action initiated by them. Now that the truth is known, people of Odisha have a right to be told about this saga of systematic plunder of their wealth, Patnaik demanded.
The Government obviously wants to avoid any expose before the next election. The senior leader has suggested that the combined opposition should force the Government to agree to a comprehensive discussion on the Shah Commission report in the Assembly.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here