Cong demands resignation of Naveen, 3 other ministers

Congress demanded the immediate resignation of Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and three other ministers on "moral grounds" for failing to prevent alleged corruption in the implementation of rural job scheme MGNREGA.

Last Updated: Apr 19, 2011, 20:51 PM IST

Bhubaneswar: Congress on Tuesday demanded
the immediate resignation of Orissa Chief Minister Naveen
Patnaik and three other ministers on "moral grounds" for
failing to prevent alleged corruption in the implementation of
rural job scheme MGNREGA.

Senior party leaders also demanded that the probe
proposed by the CBI into the alleged irregularities must cover
all the 30 districts in Orissa and not be confined to a few
regions.

"Naveen Patnaik should step down as chief minister as
he failed to discharge his duty in ensuring proper monitoring
of implementation of the programme," state Congress Working
President Chandrasekhar Sahu told reporters here.
Though Patnaik was the chairman of the vigilance and
monitoring committee for the scheme under MGNREGA, he failed
to convene its meeting at least once a year to ensure its
proper implementation, Sahu said.

"Therefore, Patnaik should quit on moral ground and
pave way for a free and fair probe by the CBI," Sahu as well
as former Chief Minister Giridhar Gamang and former minister
Sarat Rout said.

Similarly, Panchayati Raj Minister Prafulla Samal and
his predecessors Raghunath Mohanty and Sanjeeb Sahu should
also resign forthwith for "failing to check irregularities in
MGNREGA implementation," he said.
Quoting Samal that no corruption took place during his
tenure, Sahu said that the panchayati raj minister indirectly
admitted that corruption had taken place.

Moreover, instead of confining the probe to only seven
or eight districts of KBK region, all the 30 districts of the
state should be thoroughly investigated, Sahu and others said.

PTI