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Oppn demands Naveen’s resignation

‘Reported findings of Shah Commission have unmasked Naveen Patnaik. As his role in mining loot is now exposed, the chief minister must resign forthwith and he should be arrested,’ Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) president Jaydev Jena told reporters here.

Jena as well as leader of opposition Bhupinder Singh and Congress chief whip in assembly Prasad Harichandan said the allegations levelled by the party against Patnaik and BJD government have now been proved with reported findings of the Justice Shah Commission.

Stating that Congress would launch a state-wide agitation till the resignation of Patnaik, Jena said a hartal (strike) would be observed on 7 January throughout Odisha to press for their demand.

However, in view of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) polls on January 8, only a symbolic dharna would be held on M G Road here by the party, he said. To a query on Central government’s role in mining scam, state Congress media cell chief Narsingh Mishra said while direct involvement of Odisha government in corruption is shown, Centre’s role was confined to only regulatory aspects.
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