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Orissa BJP to launch painting campaign demanding mining scam CBI enquiry

india Updated: Apr 11, 2010 08:16 IST
Priya Ranjan Sahu
Priya Ranjan Sahu
Hindustan Times
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Orissa BJP president Jual Oram on Saturday said his party would launch a statewide wall painting campaign demanding CBI enquiry into the alleged mining scam in the state.

“The mining scam in Orissa is worth Rs.3 lakh crore. The state government is afraid of a CBI enquiry as the chief minister himself is involved in the scam,” Oram told the media person after the party’s two-day state executive meeting ended on Saturday.

As part of the campaign, Oram said, a slogan, “khani choranku dhara, CBI tadanta kara” (catch mining smugglers by ordering CBI enquiry), will be painted on walls across the state to expose the Naveen Patnaik government’s alleged involvement in the scam.

“The graffiti campaign will be followed by a mass movement,” he said.

Orissa has about 600 mines. The scam, which was detected in July last year during the assembly session, has become a raging issue in the state. At present, the state vigilance department has been investigating allegations of illegal mining in the state.

However, the opposition has been demanding a CBI probe into the scam.

Rabi Das, a veteran journalist and convenor of civil society group Jan Sammelani, has moved the Supreme Court claiming in his petition that valuable mines, mainly iron ore, worth Rs.7000 crore were being smuggled out of Orissa every year.

Several other petitioners have also moved the Orissa High Court demanding a CBI enquiry into the scam.