All India Congress Committee general secretary Digvijaya Singh on Sunday said that Ajay Sancheti, business partner of national BJP president Nitin Gadkari, has earned profit worth Rs. 490 crore from coal mines in Chhattisgarh.
“Chhattisgarh Mining Development Corporation and Ajay Sancheti are into mining in Chhattisgarh. The profit earned from the mining activity is Rs. 1,000 crore, out of which Sancheti got Rs. 490 crore,” he told media persons.
Adding that Gadkari indirectly benefited from Chhattisgarh mines, Singh said Centre cannot be blamed as mining blocks are always allotted on the recommendation of state governments. “Centre fixes royalty,” he remarked.
The former Madhya Pradesh chief minister blamed the then AB Vajpayee led NDA government for not adopting a transparent policy in the allotment of natural resources.
On Assam issue, Singh asked BJP to name the infiltrators. “I challenge LK Advani ji. If he gives their name and address, Congress party will act immediately and drive them back from Assam,” Singh said.
He said Bodos have always been in conflict with the non-Bodos including Muslims who form 13% of Assam's population. Of the 52 Scheduled Tribes in Assam, Bodos constitute 34%.
“The illegal immigrants from Bangladesh are not only Muslims, but Hindus too. Their ratio may be 1:2,” he remarked. He, however, said that people in Assam possess illegal weapons for which appropriate steps are being taken.
Digvijaya responded to media persons' queries on current political issues at Meet-the-Press programme.
On PM's resignation: BJP is misleading the nation. By merely shouting that Prime Minister should resign, things don't work. How can Indian democracy function this way? UPA is a duly elected government. As for the coalgate scam, CBI is inquiring into it. The matter will be placed before Public Accounts Committee, which is headed by senior Opposition leader. Our appeal to BJP is to allow the debate in Parliament and wait for the CBI report.
On CAG: Comptroller and Auditor General is an audit agency and not an investigating one. The opportunity cost audit, in which it assumed a loss of Rs. 1.86lakh crore to the exchequer in coal block allotment, is not based on facts, something which BJP leaders Arun Shourie and Arun Jaitley accepted.
On Vinod Rai: Comptroller and Auditor General Vinod Rai has political ambitions. Former CAG TN Chaturvedi, who broke Rs 64-crore Bofors scam that could not be proved even by AB Vajpayee-led NDA government, became a BJP MP and later Governor. My perception is Rai is pursuing the same course.
On Third Front: Mulayam Singh Yadav or any political party has a right to form it. We welcome it. Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and Mulayam Singh cannot unite as former's party (Janata Dal United) is a faction of NDA and Sharad Yadav is NDA chairman.
On Madhya Pradesh CM: Shivraj Singh Chauhan is playing with people's emotions. BJP win in 2013 assembly elections will not be a cakewalk. Shivraj Singh ko paseena aa jayega. The Narmada-Kshipra river link project he launched is not commercially viable. It is aimed to get votes.
On Congress in MP: If Congress party shows the same unity as it showed in MP Cricket Association elections, none can stop it from winning 2013 assembly polls. There is no harm if Jyotiraditya Scindia (Union minister of state for industries) leads the elections. But I will definitely not lead it. As for the Congress party losing in recent civic polls, ruling party always wins them.