BJP demands resignation of three more ministers

Opposition BJP on Sunday demanded resignation of three other ministers accusing them of being involved in other irregularities.

Last Updated: Feb 06, 2011, 23:53 PM IST

Bhubaneswar: A day after ruling BJD`s women
wing chief Pramila Mallik resigned from Naveen Patnaik cabinet
over multi-crore Dal scam, opposition BJP on Sunday demanded
resignation of three other ministers accusing them of being
involved in other irregularities.

"We demand resignation of Urban Development Minister
Badri Narayan Patra, School and Mass Education Minister Pratap
Jena and Steel and Mines Minister, Raghunath Mohanty," said
BJP`s state President Jual Oram.

While Patra and Jena were accused of being part of the
coal scam over which the entire third session of the 14th
assembly remained paralaysed, Mohanty`s name was being taken
by opposition parties over the mining scam.

In both the cases, state vigilance was probing the
allegations.

Maiontaining that BJP was not satisfied with Mallik`s
resignation, Oram said "Naveen Patnaik should learn from the
dalit woman leader (Pramila) and take moral responsibility."

Terming Mallik`s resignation as "too little", main
Opposition Congress demanded criminal cases against all those
involved in the `Dal` scam.

"Resignation or transfer of officers is not sufficient.
The people who have fed children and pregnant women with
poisonous and infected food must pay a heavy price. Who will
be responsible for the adverse impact on the health of
children and women due to rotten pulses," OPCC working
president L B Mohapatra asked.

PTI