BJP national president Rajnath Singh on Tuesday asked Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to demand a CBI probe into the multi-crore mining scam as recommended by the Justice M B Shah Commission.
Sadly, the BJD and Congress have joined hands to prevent an investigation into the scam, he remarked, while addressing the Vijay Sankalp Samabesha here. Describing mining scam in Odisha as one of the biggest scams, Rajnath assailed the Centre for not tabling the full report (in five volumes) in the Parliament.
“Only the first volume of the Shah Commission report is tabled in Parliament. The UPA Government is trying to hide the scam,” he said.
After the panel submitted its report, more evidences have come to the public domain about the scam. It is the duty of the Chief Minister to demand a CBI probe, the BJP chief said.
Since Naveen is trying avoid further probe, Rajnath said the BJP would demand a CBI inquiry into the scam as recommended by the commission in its report, he said.Making a scathing attack on the Centre for not placing the Mines and Mineral (Development and Regulation) Bill in the last session of Parliament, Rajnath said the Bill has provided for 26 per cent share in mining profits for the tribal and project-affected people.
Once the Bill is passed, an amount equivalent to royalty paid by the mining companies to the state government would come to the state for the welfare of the project-hit people, mostly tribals.
The BJP president said the Bill has adequate provisions for the development of tribals. He charged the Centre of deliberately withholding the Bill.