Will talk to Ramesh over mining statement: Nishank

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

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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