Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi has supported the tribals in Orissa’s Niyamgiri hills, which is the state of affairs of the Vedanta contention.
UK Based- Firm “Vedanta” has establish a refinery base here. Rahul’s visit after the Centre refused to give an environment authorization to Vedanta’s mining project and congratulate tribals for same.
“I have come to Niyamgiri to congratulate the tribals for protecting their god, protecting the Niyamgiri hills. I am your soldier in Delhi. Whenever the tribals of Niyamgiri will need me, I will be there for you,”
Rahul Gandhi said development is important but it should be done after listening to the poor and the tribals.
Development does not mean curbing the poor, the tribals and the backward. We are for development, but we will never curb the voice of the poor people.
Rahul said the tribals of Niyamgiri were being crushed. “The tribals were being crushed here. What happened in Niyamgiri is not against development. Voices of tribals were being suppressed and these voices were heard in Delhi. You have saved your land yourself,” he said.
“My religion says all are one. The tribal youth and women who came to meet me told me their god is being snatched away from them. They told me they are fighting a battle in Niyamgiri hills, which they call their god.
The Congress general secretary said the decision was not against development, but about development. “This victory is yours. This is the victory of the tribals.
The visit of Rahul has a great significance as he has visited the backward Lanjigarh area when Vedanta`s mining plan in Niyamgiri Hills has suffered a big blow with Union Environment Ministry rejecting the stage-II clearance for its mining proposal.