Bhubaneswar: Dubbing Orissa government as
a `law breaker`, the opposition Congress today demanded that
Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik step down on moral
ground for violation of the forest rights act, 2006 in land
acquisition for Posco`s project.
"The government headed by Naveen Patnaik has been
found withholding relevant information and documents regarding
implementation of the forest rights act. Therefore, he has no
moral right to continue in the office," Congress Chief Whip
Prasad Harichandan said.
The government, he alleged, did not deliberately
furnish documents with the Ministry of Environment and Forest
(MoEF) on the forest rights act when recommending diversion of
forest land for Posco`s mega steel plant in Jagatsinghpur
district at an investment of Rs 51,000 crore.
Harichandan said that the government also did not
submit the Gram Sabha resolution which was against diversion
of forest land.
The Congress MLAs have been sitting on dharna near
Mahatma Gandhi`s statue in the assembly premises since July 17
demanding resignation of two ministers allegedly involved in
the multi-crore linkage coal scam.
"The government which took oath to implement rule of
the law, has been caught on wrong the foot. Therefore, it must
go," the Leader of the Opposition Bhupinder Singh said.
BJP legislator party leader K V Singhdeo alleged that
the state government had been soft towards Vadanta, Posco and
mines owners by violating the law.
Meanwhile, welcoming the Centre`s direction to halt
work at Posco`s project site, the state unit of the CPI
demanded stringent action against officials who violated the