Free Press Journal

Cong, BJP reach out to influential mining lobby


Panaji The mega illegal mining scam, which had rocked the state for over two years, has suddenly disappeared from political consciousness or a major poll issue in Goa, which goes to the polls to elect a new government on March 3.

Both the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party ( BJP), which shrilly took up the scam mantra, and the ruling Congress, at the receiving end of the accusation, have this fortnight welcomed into their respective folds those allegedly involved in the mining illegalities or are at least sympathetic towards the malaise.

Former national secretary of the Nationalist Congress Party ( NCP) Jitendra Deshprabhu was welcomed into the Congress on Jan 16, by state Congress president Subhash Shirodkar. Deshprabhu had been arrested for illegal mining of iron ore on Aug 4 last year and released on bail subsequently.