Monday, July 19, 2010
The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:
Karnataka : Take Action on Illegal Mining
The statement by Karnataka Chief Minister Yeddyurappa that the Reddy brothers of Bellary are not involved in any illegal mining is shocking and unacceptable. He has further said that there is no need for the two ministers to step down, refusing to acknowledge the illegal mining activities of these ministers.
The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) demands that the illegal mining activities and export of iron ore from Karnataka be handed over to the CBI for investigation. The two ministers who are directly involved in the mining affairs should step down immediately.
In cases where illegal mining activities are established, those mines should be nationalized. The Central government should stop the export of iron ore till a review is conducted of the present mining and minerals policy.