Bhubaneswar, Dec 26:
After the Congress, the state BJP today sought the scalp of chief minister Naveen Patnaik for his alleged role in the multi-crore mining scam and sought a CBI inquiry into the case to unearth the nexus of government officials and miners, which led to such a large scale scam.
The Shah Commission probing the illegal mining in the state, according to reports published in the national media on Wednesday, found that 94 of the 192 iron-ore mines in Odisha did not have environmental clearance and 75, which did have the green nod, have mined far beyond their approved limit.
“Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik should resign on the illegal mining issue as the Shah Commission has found fault with the government in dealing with the mining activities. The CBI should inquire into the mining scam under the supervision of the Supreme court to expose the quid pro quo of the official with the miners,” said senior BJP leader Biswabhushan Harichandan at a press conference here.
Stating that the vigilance inquiry by the state government was an eyewash, he said the Chief Minister cannot escape responsibility for the scam.
Harichandan also alleged that the BJD president and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi are hand in glove.
“While both the parties claim to be opponents in public, their top leaders are good old friends. This is precisely the reason for which both the party chiefs are avoiding pointing fingers at each other,” he said.
Holding both the state government and the Centre responsible for irregularities in coal block allocations, currently being probed by the CBI, Harichandan said the Chief Minister should resign on moral grounds for favouring a private company for allocation of a specific coal block.