Uma Bharti vents anger against ‘anarchy’; laments illegal sand mining in MP

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By Our Special Correspondent

New Delhi, January 19: Former Union Minister and senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Uma Bharti alleged anarchist situations prevailing in the Morena district in Madhya Pradesh, charging that she saw extensive illegal sand mining in a reserved area. Bharti said that the sight of the illegal sand mining was fearsome.

“On both sides of the Chambal Bridge, I saw a large number of vehicles looking like tractors. As is seen in Rajasthan during the march of armoured tanks during the war exercise, I saw hundreds of vehicles moving on the sands,” tweeted Bharti.

Former Union Minister further said that while she thought that it could have been legal mining, but she found that it was a case of illegal sand mining. “I later found out that the area is a protected zone for Ghariyal, and the ongoing illegal sand mining is totally illegal,” tweeted Bharti.

In a clear indictment of the Shivraj Singh Chauhan led BJP government in Madhya Pradesh, Bharti also stated that the scene was frightening and certainly posed a challenge to any administration. “What I saw could not have been possible under any administration,” further tweeted Bharti.

Further coming down heavily on her experience, Bharti said that such incidents question the existence of the state administration. “This is certainly anarchy. Stringent measures need to be taken,” said Bharti, while adding that she would discuss the issue with the state Chief Minister on Friday morning.

Incidentally, allegations of illegal sand mining in Madhya Pradesh have been levelled on several occasions. Illegal sand mafia is alleged to be deeply entrenched in the state to carry out their activities. Cases of illegal sand mining from the riverbeds are being reported from several states, with environmentalists decrying the apathy of the state administration to act against the mafia.

Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar is the Lok Sabha MP from Morena, which is known to be one of the most backward district of Madhya Pradesh. The state is heading for the Assembly elections this year. The Chambal region in the state had previously been infested with decoits, and the police have struggled to enforce the law and order in the region. While Bharti had tagged the state chief minister in her tweets, there was no response from Chauhan till late evening.

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