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Goa illegal mining: Cong says it will wait for PAC report

india Updated: Sep 27, 2011 22:00 IST

With BJP demanding dismissal of Goa chief minister Digambar Kamat in the illegal mining case, Congress on Tuesday said it would decide on the course of action on the issue only after the Public Accounts Committee report is tabled in the Assembly.

"The PAC report on the issue is yet to be tabled and it will be laid in the Assembly on October 5. After that we will decide what has to be done in the matter," party spokesman Rashid Alvi told reporters.

His remarks came close on the heels of the BJP demanding the ouster of Kamat claiming that a "free and fair" investigation would not be possible as long as he is in office. The opposition party demanded a CBI probe into the matter. Assembly elections in the tiny state are scheduled next year.

"In Goa, in the last 12 years the chief minister has always kept the mining portfolio. There has been a loss of around Rs 10,000 crore in mining sector in the state in this period. More than 90 mining licenses were issued," BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said.

She alleged that there were "very serious" allegations against Kamat of allowing illegal mining.

PAC is headed by former chief minister and senior BJP leader Manohar Parrikar.

Goa health minister Vishwajeet Rane had already alleged that Parrikar was misusing PAC for his political interests, a charge denied by the former chief minister.