Right time for the party to show its commitment to the cause: Hiremath

Samaj Parivartan Samudaya (SPS), the National Committee for Protection of Natural Resources (NCPNR) and other organisations, which are fighting against illegal mining, have urged All India Congress Committee president Sonia Gandhi to not give the ticket to contest the Assembly elections to persons involved in illegal mining.

Addressing presspersons here on Monday, founder-president of the SPS and the NCPNR S.R. Hiremath said that they would urge Ms. Gandhi to not give ticket to persons such as Satish Sail and Shivaram Hebbar from Uttara Kannada district, the former Minister D.K. Shivakumar and the Lad brothers from Bellary.

Mr. Hiremath said that as the Congress was talking about taking stringent measures to curb illegal mining, it was the right time for the party to show its commitment to the same.

‘Blatant violations’

He alleged that both Mr. Sail and Mr. Hebbar had blatantly violated the law and it had been documented by the Central Empowered Committee (CEC) of the Supreme Court in its report.

Taking serious note of the violations at the Belekeri port where lakhs of tonnes of seized iron ore was exported illegally, the Supreme Court had ordered that separate FIRs be registered against all the four service providers involved, including Mr. Sail’s Mallikarjuna Shipping Company.

Consequently, the Central Bureau of Investigation registered a separate FIR against Mallikarjun Shipping Company, he said.

‘Assurances were given’

Mr. Hiremath said that Congress leaders such as Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president G. Parameshwara and Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly Siddaramaiah had repeatedly assured the people that those involved in illegal mining would be brought to book and the money recovered.

“We only want them to keep their word,” he said.

To a query, Mr. Hiremath said that they would make an appeal in this regard to other political parties as well.


To another query on what would they do if their demand was not met, Mr. Hiremath said that they had begun a campaign to tell voters why they should not vote for these people.

‘Vote for honest people’

“We have been appealing to the public to vote for honest people. With the help of the local residents, we will try to spread the message to as many people as possible,” he said.

I.G. Pulli of the NCPNR and F.B. Habib of Jan Sangram Parishad were present.

  • ‘We only want Congress leaders to keep

    their word’

  • ‘We will make an appeal on this to other

    political parties as well’