Rahul hits back at Naveen, alleges mining loot in Orissa

Rahul Gandhi Says state rich but people poor as money goes into hands of a few.

Bhubaneswar | Updated: February 10, 2014 1:18 am
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi during a road show in Bhubaneswar on Sunday. AP Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi during a road show in Bhubaneswar on Sunday. AP

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday launched his party’s Lok Sabha campaign in Orissa with a scathing attack on the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) accusing it of perpetrating a series of scams in the state, including the Rs 60,000-crore mining scam.

“There has been massive loot of iron ore and manganese from the state,” Rahul said at a rally at Bhatapada village in Salepur area of Cuttack district. “Your money earned from coal, iron ore, manganese and different minerals are going to others’ pockets, while the state government is unable to run schools and hospitals,” he told the gathering, adding: “People of this amir (rich) state are garib (poor) because the money that the minerals in the state fetch do not reach you. It goes to the pockets of mining mafia and a handful of people.”

Urging the people to oust the Naveen Patnaik government, he said about 3,500 farmers have committed suicide in the state and above 10 lakh youths could not be given employment.

He referred to the Rangarajan Committee report to point out that Orissa topped the list of under developed states in the country. The Congress MP also accused the state government of siphoning off the money allotted by the Centre for various welfare schemes. “No previous government (UPA II) had ever given such a huge amount of money for the state. I am told Rs 5,000 crore is still lying unspent here. Though the Centre gives money to the state for mid day meal scheme, the funds go to fill others’ bellies. The state government also diverted the rice meant for the BPL families,” he said.

He also raked up the chit fund scam, saying 20 lakh poor investors were duped by the ponzi companies. “I had taken up the fight of the adivasis (tribals) in Niyamgiri and ensured their inalienable rights were restored. This fight must go on, “ he said, asking party workers to highlight all these issues in their campaign.

The BJD hit back at the Congress vice president, saying Rahul knew nothing about the state and that he was only mouthing the words of his party leaders. “He knows nothing about the history, geography and economics of the state. We suggest Rahul Gandhi to consult )Planning Commission deputy chairman) Montek Singh Ahlu-walia and the Union Finance Ministry for knowledge on the economic situation of the state before making any remarks. Both the Planning Commission and the Finance Ministry have lauded the progress of Orissa,” said BJD vice president Damodar Rout.

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    Samanya Aadmi
    Feb 10, 2014 at 2:24 am
    Hi Pappu, what about loot in iron ore deals in Goa under your Congi CM and Raj. Please discuss that also. This shows you are not honest and not a game changer.
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      Samanya Aadmi
      Feb 10, 2014 at 2:24 am
      Hi Pappu, what about loot in iron ore deals in Goa under your Congi CM and Raj. Please discuss that also. This shows you are not honest and not a game changer.
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        Mo
        Feb 9, 2014 at 3:23 pm
        Is this man the Product of Quotrocchi or Roberto , he isday by day More Italian in Thought and looks then an Indian!
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          Mo
          Feb 9, 2014 at 3:23 pm
          Is this man the Product of Quotrocchi or Roberto , he isday by day More Italian in Thought and looks then an Indian!
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            Mo
            Feb 9, 2014 at 3:40 pm
            Quotrocchi !
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              Mo
              Feb 9, 2014 at 3:40 pm
              Quotrocchi !
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                agnelo
                Feb 10, 2014 at 2:32 am
                what is is fool rahul talking about? is it not a fact that india is a rich country but the money is going into congress pockets! and here he is saying that others are corrupt. what about the 2G scam, commonwealth scam; coal scam; fodder scam & other scams? where did all that money go? RAHUL please clean your house first before telling other that their house is dirty!
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                  agnelo
                  Feb 10, 2014 at 2:32 am
                  what is is fool rahul talking about? is it not a fact that india is a rich country but the money is going into congress pockets! and here he is saying that others are corrupt. what about the 2G scam, commonwealth scam; coal scam; fodder scam & other scams? where did all that money go? RAHUL please clean your house first before telling other that their house is dirty!
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                    Guest
                    Feb 9, 2014 at 11:11 am
                    everything he talks becomes a joke!
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                      Guest
                      Feb 9, 2014 at 11:11 am
                      everything he talks becomes a joke!
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                        Nilan Shah
                        Feb 9, 2014 at 11:28 am
                        I am tired of British leftovers. When they left, they left with shame but left behind vengeful puppets. These leftovers produced second, third and now fourth queen's puppy to do more biting.Pretense and wrong blabbing is only way to maintain confusion and stay in limelight so that when election time comes; comeback to power.Funnily, the public are materialistic minded and think with their five senses. Eye, smell, ears, touch and taste.He has so much or looks rich, he talks beautifully or powerfully, he has splendid aroma around, he has very pleasant touch and tasty food and gifts provided.This is what non wealthy person's biggest desire and remembers when he goes for voting.Very few and now virtually rare to find who think from their sixth sense. That is use logic and conclude from the data derived from these five senses.hi, Albert Estein, Bernard Robert Shaw, Nelson Mandela of recent times and 1985 Barack Obama were few exceptions who used their sixth sense positively.
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                          Nilan Shah
                          Feb 9, 2014 at 11:28 am
                          I am tired of British leftovers. When they left, they left with shame but left behind vengeful puppets. These leftovers produced second, third and now fourth queen's puppy to do more biting.Pretense and wrong blabbing is only way to maintain confusion and stay in limelight so that when election time comes; comeback to power.Funnily, the public are materialistic minded and think with their five senses. Eye, smell, ears, touch and taste.He has so much or looks rich, he talks beautifully or powerfully, he has splendid aroma around, he has very pleasant touch and tasty food and gifts provided.This is what non wealthy person's biggest desire and remembers when he goes for voting.Very few and now virtually rare to find who think from their sixth sense. That is use logic and conclude from the data derived from these five senses.hi, Albert Estein, Bernard Robert Shaw, Nelson Mandela of recent times and 1985 Barack Obama were few exceptions who used their sixth sense positively.
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                            Ashutosh
                            Feb 9, 2014 at 1:03 pm
                            So What action did Center take after knowing this ?
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                              Ashutosh
                              Feb 9, 2014 at 1:03 pm
                              So What action did Center take after knowing this ?
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                                RL
                                Feb 9, 2014 at 12:04 pm
                                Is Rahul hi qualified enough to talk about corruption?
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                                  RL
                                  Feb 9, 2014 at 12:04 pm
                                  Is Rahul hi qualified enough to talk about corruption?
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                                    Shyam Bansal
                                    Feb 10, 2014 at 5:46 am
                                    Odisha's situation is ppor only because of BJP. People there are unemplo, but government is doing nothing about it.
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                                      Shyam Bansal
                                      Feb 10, 2014 at 5:59 am
                                      Rahul hi has done a very fine job by addressing people in Odisha. He spoke on genuine issues and revealed everything about BJD.
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                                        Shyam Bansal
                                        Feb 10, 2014 at 5:48 am
                                        Rahul also met with the members of Christian, Sikh and Buddhist communities...good to see this...it shows Rahul's generosity.
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                                          Shyam Bansal
                                          Feb 10, 2014 at 5:58 am
                                          Rahul exposed the BJD corruption work in Odisha,now people have come to the reality. It is very evident.
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                                            Shyam Bansal
                                            Feb 10, 2014 at 6:00 am
                                            There has been mive loot of iron ore and manganese from Odisha state. BJD is responsible for that.
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