Reported by Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, Feb 11:
National BJP president Rajnath Singh, who had preferred silence on the mega mining scam in Odisha, today hit out at the BJD government in the state and Congress-led UPA government at the Centre for allowing private miners to loot the mineral resources at the expense of the state’s people and demanded a CBI inquiry into the scam.
Singh was addressing BJP’s huge ‘Vijay Sankalp’ rally in Bhubaneswar today.
“Both the state government and Centre are responsible for the mining scam. Both Congress and BJD have an unholy nexus and they have joined hands to suppress the facts in the mining scam. The Centre has tabled only one volume of the 5-volume Shah Commission report in the Parliament because the government wants to bury the report and avoid a proper inquiry. So, a CBI probe into the scam should be conducted to unearth the truth,” said Singh.
Stating that Odisha is one of the leading producers of minerals in the country, he said if the much delayed MMDR Bill is tabled in Parliament, Odisha would get 26% royalty on the minerals. He, however, rued that despite its vast mineral resources, Odisha is still reeling under poverty and backwardness.
Calling the BJD government “anti-farmer”, Rajnath blamed it for the large number of farmer deaths and suicides. He urged voters to throw out the corrupt and anti-farmer government in the coming elections.He appealed to the tribal people in the state to vote for BJP which can empower them and take care of their rights.
Assuring people of good governance under Narendra Modi’s guidance, Rajnath said the youth interested to start their own business will be given loans at the lowest possible rates if BJP comes to power post 2014 elections.
He also assured that some tribal communities of the state will be included in the ST category if Modi was voted to power.
While paying rich tributes to the legendary leader Biju Patnaik, the national BJP president said that Naveen Patnaik-led BJD is not doing justice to his legacy.
Singh also launched a broadside against his party’s principal enemy Congress and targeted AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi, who had claimed that Centre has given enough funds to Odisha during UPA tenure.
“Rahul Gandhi during his visit to Odisha had said that Centre has given enough funds to Odisha. I want to say the Centre is not showing any mercy to the state by allocating funds. Odisha gets its rightful share under the revenue sharing system between the states and the Centre,” said Rajnath while branding Congress as most corrupt party in the country.
He said it was the Congress had taken people across the country for a ride (‘ullu banaya’) all these years.
The BJP president also attacked the UPA regime for price rise, inflation and corruption.