Will talk to Ramesh over mining statement: Nishank
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Last Updated: Tuesday, June 21, 2011, 15:51
Dehradun: Uttarakhand Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank Tuesday said he will talk to Union Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh over his statement that Centre would be forced to apply provisions of law in the state if it fails to stop illegal mining in Ganga river within three weeks' time.

The illegal mining in Ganga has become a political issue ever since 36-year-old Swami Nigamanand, who was fasting for the cause, died on Jun 13.

"He (Ramesh) is a good friend of mine and I am sure he might not have made such a statement. I will talk to him in this regard," Nishank told reporters when asked to comment over Ramesh's remark.

However, Nishank said, in case the Union Minister has given such a statement then he would like to advise him not to say or do anything that might hurt the sentiments of people in Uttarakhand.

Ramesh had said yesterday that the state government has been reluctant in taking action against illegal mining and if fails to do so within three weeks then the Centre would have no option but to invoke section 5 of the environment law and take things under its control.

While the main opposition Congress is demanding dismissal of the Nishank government over Nigamanand's death, the ruling BJP said the matter has already been recommended for a CBI probe and the former is raising the issue just to take political mileage.


First Published: Tuesday, June 21, 2011, 15:51

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