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‘Missing’ Kerala MLA returns with ‘gold mine jobs’

Legislator says he is setting up a gold-mining project in Sierra Leone that will provide jobs to over 5,000 Keralites.

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram |
Updated: March 12, 2021 12:21:29 pm
Kerala MLA P V AnwarNilambur MLA P V Anwar. (File photo)

After being away in Sierra Leone for nearly three months, CPI (M)-backed Independent legislator P V Anwar on Thursday returned to Kerala — there was a rousing reception at the Kozhikode airport by CPI(M) cadres.

Anwar, who is in the electoral fray for the second time from Malappuram’s Nilambur constituency and whose absence from his constituency has been widely discussed in political circles, released a video message a day before his arrival — promising jobs to Keralites through a Rs 20,000-crore gold mining project. He said that he has become a partner in the project in Sierra Leone and went on to narrate how stumbled upon the gold mine in the African nation.

Anwar said during a pilgrimage to Mecca in 2018, he befriended an African businessman, who often visited Saudi Arabia for the Islamic pilgrimage and who, the legislator claimed, suggested the possibility of the project spread over 50,000 acres of land in Sierra Leone. “After I returned to India, he was constantly in touch with me. Using my relations in Sri Lanka, I deputed a team for surveying the forest land.. The survey identified gold deposit.”

“The project has got the sanction from the mining department of that country… would offer jobs for 25,000 people. Of them, 6,000 would be skilled ones. This would be a great opportunity for Kerala people,” he said.

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