Dharwad : Samaj Parivartan Samudaya chief SR Hiremath has called upon people to teach State Congress government a lesson in the coming election, in view of its utter failure, in implementing fully the reports of Justice Santosh Hegde and holding the miners accountable in the worst iron ore scam in the country, which resulted in CBI closing the cases at preliminary inquiry stage for want of proper evidence.
Speaking to reporters here on Thursday, Hiremath said firstly Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, minister H.K. Patil who headed the Cabinet Sub-Committee on illegal mining must be condemned, then the Congress government as a whole, for failing to provide proper evidence to CBI, which was entrusted to investigate the illegal mining case.
CBI now closing the cases relating to the export of illegal ore of nearly 3 crore metric tonnes (worth Rs. 12,228 crores of rupees), inspite of the very best documentation (Shipping details gotten from Customs data bank) by Justice Santosh Hegade, the then Lokayukta’s Investigating Team headed by Dr. U.V. Singh he said adding that the issues of recovery of thousands of crores of rupees for the illegal ore by the ‘B’ category mines and works of Reclamation & Rehabilitation of have taken back seat.
Terming it as a deliberate betrayal of the trust of the people of Karnataka by CM Siddaramaiah and HK Patil for failing to hold those involved in reckless and irreparable mining in the worst iron ore scam, Hiremath asked people to teach them a lesson in 2018 election, as they did in 2013 to BJP.
The Congress government failed to keep its promise made during its Padayatra from Bengaluru to Ballary in 2010 and during last election to initiate action against illegal miners, by re appointing brazenly a partner of ‘C’ category mines Santosh Lad the government has earned dubious distinction of shielding the corrupt, he said.
Hiremath welcomed the Income Tax (IT) raids on Lakshman, a close associate of CM and present Chairman of KSPCB and urged the government to suspend him.
He also said Jana Sangram Parishat (JSP) is holding a 2-day Chintana Shibir on November 4-5 in Raichur and a special meeting of JSP in view of forthcoming Assembly and Loksabha elections.