Shantaram Naik flays Parrikar in Rajya Sabha


The Rajya Sabha witnessed noisy scenes on Monday when Goa MP Shantaram Naik (Congress) said Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar was defying courts with his statement that even if the Supreme Court directs the resumption of mining in Goa, he would decide when to start the operations in the state.
Naik raised the issue of Parrikar's statement on mining vis-a-vis the Supreme Court during zero hour. Referring to the chief minister's interview published in TOI, Naik quoted Parrikar saying that if Supreme Court wants to appoint a minister of mines in Goa, let them appoint and take all the responsibilities.
Agitated by Naik's criticism of Parrikar for what he called a U-turn, BJP leaders including Venkaiah Naidu, Najma Heptullah, Smriti Irani, Dharmendra Pradhan strongly objected.
When Naidu said that all statements related to the Goa chief minister should be deleted as the person was not present to defend himself, deputy chairman P J Kurien expunged the part related to Parrikar's statement.
Mines minister Dinsha Patel said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha that while several states have detected a total of 25,519 illegal mining cases with fines worth Rs 622 crore realized, till June of the current fiscal, no illegal mining case was reported in Goa and Jharkhand for the first six months this year. [TOI]