Tytler targets govt over alleged port scam

Bhubaneswar: AICC general secretary and Orissa in-charge Jagdish Tytler on Thursday accused the state government of being involved in port scam.

Addressing the media persons here, Tytler said that state government is involved in "corrupt" practice by allowing private parties to set up at least eight minor ports sans open bidding before selecting port developers.

The former Union leader, who attacked the state government for the first time, said the port scam is even bigger than the 2G spectrum allocation scam. This is yet another instance of the state government’s corruption and Congress would take up the issue both inside and outside the Assembly, he said.

The state government, however, rejected Tytler`s allegation terming it as "politically motivated."

"What Congress leader says is not based on truth. We have taken steps as per the norms," Commerce and Transport Minister Sanjeev Kumar Sahoo told reporters adding that developers were selected based on their feasibility reports.

The government gave minor port work to the company which promised more revenue for the state, Sahoo said.

Besides, there were multiple applications for each proposed minor port in the state, he said adding that the government finalised the developers on a transparent manner.

Tytler, who replaced Mr Ghulam Nabi Azad as the state in-charge in the recent AICC reshuffle, reached Bhubaneswar on Thursday morning. His visit, which is the fourth in a series, assumes significance as he is slated to hold marathon meetings with Congress legislators as well as other senior leaders of different frontal organization.