BJP on Wednesday demanded the removal of Goa chief minister Digambar Kamat in the wake of PAC report in the illegal mining case, reminding the Congress that it had attacked the party on the Bellary mining issue in Karnataka.
BJP cited the PAC report to insist that Kamat has been severely castigated and indicted in the mining scam and sought his removal.
"Congress should not maintain double standards on the issue..... I would like to very gently remind Sonia Gandhi that she had publicly declared on second anniversary of UPA-II government that she will take appropriate action against corruption I never expect this from Manmohan Singh as he is never true to his words. Would madam rise to the occasion?" BJP chief spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said.
The BJP alleged that Goa has been "completely deprived" of its mining wealth in the "most haphazard, irregular and illegal manner".
"We expect an appropriate follow-up action by the Congress party because it is a Congress government," Prasad said.
Congress downplayed the issue, saying that the PAC report has been tabled in the Assembly which will discuss the issue and then a decision will be taken.
Party spokesperson Rashid Alvi said this at the AICC briefing when asked about demands for Kamat's removal.
Earlier, Goa Leader of Opposition and state PAC chairperson Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday told the state Legislative Assembly that it can be "inferred" that chief minister Digambar Kamat might have been involved in illegal mining activities.