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As Vedanta's fate up to single vote, doubts on fair play

Niyamgiri Gram sabhas turning arena of influence?

When senior Congress Member of Parliament Bhakta Das was spotted at the dais of a gram sabha held at Palberi, a village in Odisha's abjectly poor Kalahandi district last Thursday, it created ripples. This was no routine meeting, since it was held under the direction of the Supreme Court and its outcome being crucial to determine the fate of Vedanta's Lanjigarh alumina refinery, the only visible sign of industrial activity in the district. The presence of Das, a political heavyweight from Kalahandi, has again revived the debate over holding such gram sabhas without bias. The debate ...