PLANS by Vedanta Resources to mine bauxite in Niyamgiri in Orissa, already delayed by vehement protests from non-governmental organisations, seem likely to suffer further damage—quite possibly terminal—as the Congress reaches out to India’s tribal population, sections of which have come under the influence of the grand old party’s arch rival BJP while others have fallen under the sway of Maoists. A top Congress leader said that London-listed Vedanta Resources would have to do much more than simply convince the central government that its project will add value greater than what it will take away. Instead, the business plans of the Anil Agarwal owned company have become part of a larger narrative as the Congress-led UPA government changes its mining policy, bringing it in line with the party’s position on the environment and its mantra of inclusive growth.
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