Cong, BJP slam Odisha Govt for allowing Offending Miners for Operation

Bhubaneswar, May 09: The Congress and BJP targeted the ruling BJD in Odisha for allowing the miners, who allegedly violated the norms and they were found guilty by the Shah Commission and CEC.

The state government has recently renewed the mining lease, but extended the lease of some of the offending miners. This drew opposition from the Congress and BJP leaders in the state.

Talking to media, OPCC chief Prasad Harichandan said that the Supreme Court will take the final decision on the recommendation of the CEC (Central Empowered Committee). Hence the matter is now subjudice. He questioned, how the government allowed such miners for the operations.

Lashing out at the government, the BJP BJP legislature party chief Basant Panda said that the government did not allow opposition parties for a debate on the chit fund scam in the assembly stating it as a matter of subjudice. But, how they allowed the miners for operation while the matter is pending in the apex court, he questioned.

However, the government refuted the charges. There is a clause added to the lease agreement that the miners will be abide by the verdicts pronounced by the apex court, said steel and mines minister Prafulla Mallick, adding "the government did no wrong in renewing the lease of the miners".

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