Goa mining scam: BJP demands removal of Kamat

Last Updated: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 23:19

New Delhi: BJP on Wednesday demanded the removal of
Goa Chief Minister Digambar Kamat in the wake of PAC report in
the illegal mining case, reminding the Congress that it had
attacked the party on the Bellary mining issue in Karnataka.

BJP cited the PAC report to insist that Kamat has been
severely castigated and indicted in the mining scam and sought
his removal.
"Congress should not maintain double standards on the
issue..... I would like to very gently remind Sonia Gandhi
that she had publicly declared on second anniversary of UPA-II
government that she will take appropriate action against
corruption I never expect this from Manmohan Singh as he is
never true to his words. Would madam rise to the occasion?"
BJP Chief spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said.

The BJP alleged that Goa has been "completely deprived"
of its mining wealth in the "most haphazard, irregular and
illegal manner".

"We expect an appropriate follow-up action by the
Congress party because it is a Congress government," Prasad
said.
Congress downplayed the issue, saying that the PAC
report has been tabled in the Assembly which will discuss the
issue and then a decision will be taken.

Party spokesperson Rashid Alvi said this at the AICC
briefing when asked about demands for Kamat`s removal.

Earlier, Goa Leader of Opposition and state PAC
Chairperson Manohar Parrikar today told the state Legislative
Assembly that it can be "inferred" that Chief Minister
Digambar Kamat might have been involved in illegal mining
activities.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 23:19

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