Panaji: Goa unit of the state's ruling BJP on Thursday demanded the resignation of former Chief Minister Digambar Kamat as Congress MLA following his indictment by a judicial commission for illegal iron ore mining.

"Justice M B Shah Commission has held Kamat directly responsible for the mess as a minister of mines. Congress should tender an apology for the mining mess...We demand that Digambar Kamat quit (as a legislator) owning the responsibility," state BJP spokesman Dr Wilfred Mesquita told reporters.

Kamat represents Margaon assembly constituency in South Goa.

The state government should also crack the whip on those mine owners who were involved in illegal mining activity as mentioned in the Shah Commission report, he said, adding the mining scam cost the state exchequer dear and the money be recovered from the guilty.

"Money belongs to the people of Goa and should be recovered from the mine owners," Mesquita said.

Shah Commission, in its report tabled in Parliament recently, pegged the scam to the tune of Rs 35,000 crore.


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