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Latest Odisha News – Rahul Gandhi plays tribal card, claims Cong saved Niyamgiri #Odisha #News #Congress

Koraput/Umerkote: Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi today claimed that his party was a champion of the tribal people and had saved the Niyamgiri hills while accusing the BJD government in Odisha was being run by the mine mafia.

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“Congress has all along been with the tribals and worked for their development. My family has special attachmentwith the tribals,” Gandhi claimed this addressing at two public meetings in tribal dominated Koraput and Nabarangpur parliamentary seats.

It was his party, he said, which had fought for tribals of Kalahandi and saved the Niyamgiri Hills and its people. The BJD government in Odisha was planning to hand the sacred hill to a company, he said.

Gandhi was apparently referring to the government rejecting a proposal by mining company Vedanta Resources Plc?s to develop a bauxite mine on the Niyamgiri hills which was considered sacred to tribals. 12 gram sabhas had also rejected the plan for bauxite mining on Niyamgiri.

Alleging that minerals over which the tribal people had rights, were being looted by the mafia, Gandhi said “The state government is run by the mine mafia and not by leaders.

Valuable minerals worth thousands of crore rupees are being looted and state government is aware of it.”

While a handful of mafia looted minerals resources of the state and became rich, the poor and the tribal people did not get any benefit, Gandhi said, adding that the Centre had set up a large number of institutes, medicalcolleges and hospitals for the people.