Congress MP Jyotiraditya Scindia said on Tuesday that the mining mafia holds sway in Madhya Pradesh and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party government has failed to rein in its activities even as it goes about attacking and killing police officials.
Scindia, who was in here for a short time, said BJP leaders and illegal miners were responsible for making sand mafia powerful that it has become almost uncontrollable in the state.
He further said the illegal mining has harmed the Chambal sanctuary too. The Congress leader also criticised the state government's decision to constitute a Special Investigation Team to probe the death of the policeman killed while trying to stop a truck filled with illegal sand.
He also said that the investigation, it seemed, would not reach a logical conclusion, in terms of arresting the real perpetrators.
The senior Congress leader also hit out at the Centre for not providing special compensation packages to the farmers affected by rain and hailstorms that hit the state early last month.
He said the BJP has 27 MPs from the state and it should be seen when they will raise the issue with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and seek special package for the farmers.
The Congress also slammed the decision to extend the contracts of two private companies.
Congress chief spokesperson KK Mishra said contracts of Shiva and Vanshika construction companies had expired yet they were extended.