Bhubaneswar, Feb 1:
Senior Congress leaders Niranjan Patnaik has demanded the resignation of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in the light of the Justice MB Shah Commission report, which has recommended a CBI probe into the mega mining scam in the state.
In a statement released here on Saturday, Patnaik said he has been demanding a CBI inquiry into the scam for a long time.
When excerpts of the report recommending a CBI probe were published in newspapers, the government maintained that there was no such recommendation.
“But after reading Volume I and Volume II of the report published in gulail.com last night, I found that the Commission has levelled more serious allegations against the government than what was published in the New Indian Express on the basis of which I had called for a CBI inquiry,” Patnaik said.
The Commission has found that it was not just lower level government officials, but district and state level officials of the revenue, forest and mines department and political leaders who facilitated the massive loot of mineral resources in broad daylight from 2008 to 2011, the former PCC president said.
Patnaik demanded that the CBI should probe the role of all mine owners, government officials and politicians in the mining scam. If some officials or leaders of the central government are involved, the probe should also include them in its purview, he said.
He also demanded that Chief Minister should take moral responsibility for the scam worth thousands of crores and resign immediately since it had taken place during his rule and he is squarely responsible for it.
Patnaik hoped that the people of the state would read the Commission’s report, which would ‘open their eyes’.