Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: Telugu Desam Party president N. Chandrababu Naidu on Wednesday wanted the government to file a review petition on the Supreme Court's order giving a go ahead to Obulapuram Mining Company on mining iron ore in Anantapur district.

Addressing a press conference, Mr. Naidu said both the State and the Central government failed to put forward their argument effectively in the case before the Supreme Court.

If they had any sincerity in protecting the national mineral wealth they would go in for a review petition.

Reacting to OMC owner and Karnataka Tourism Minister Gali Janardhan Reddy's charge that Mr. Naidu and former Prime Minister H. D. Deve Gowda were carrying a campaign against him at the behest of his business rival, he said it was usual for any one caught disobeying rule of law to blame others.

“It is sheer blackmailing tactics. Even Dawood Ibrahim will criticise those who want the government to act against him.”

“I have nothing personal against anyone. As a responsible Opposition, we have brought the issue of large scale illegal mining of iron ore disregarding forest and mining laws and State borders, into focus.” He recalled that Karnataka's Lok Ayukta too had indicted the owner of OMC.

Mr. Naidu got irritated when he was asked to respond to Srikrishna Committee's query to TDP delegation, on his stand. Mr. Naidu said he had made his stand clear several times recently. People of two regions had supported his party immensely and he could not let them down. The two regions were like his two eyes and he wanted development of both of them. Hence he had asked the leaders and people's representatives of the two regions to spell their stand in tune with the sentiments of the people of the two regions.