Alleging about Rs. Three lakh crore irregularities in the mining scam rocking Orissa, BJP Saturday demanded the resignation of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik as he claimed to be "clean and honest".
"Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had dropped several of his ministers in connection with alleged corruption. Now he should step down instead of trying to defend himself in the face of mining scam," BJP state president Jual Oram said at a meeting of the party workers.
"The chief minister had dropped many ministers to show the public that his government was corruption free but he is not only sticking to his chair but also refusing to hand over the mining scam to the CBI for inquiry," he said.
When states like Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand and Karnataka had already handed over their mining scandals to CBI, the Orissa government has been resisting demands for probe into mining scam by the central agency, Oram said.
Coming down heavily on the BJD government in Orissa, the BJP leader said the government has failed to protect the lives of the common people, while Maoist menace increased many fold in the state.
As the home portfolio was held by the chief minister, he himself was responsible for this and he should resign from the post, the former union minister demanded.
BJP state Yuba Morcha president Bibhuti Jena alleged the ruling party leaders had link with the Maoists in the state.