Goa Forward Party chief Vijai
Sardesai Monday said people would "react" during the Lok Sabha
polls if the ruling BJP failed to solve the mining crisis in
the coastal state.
The mining sector in the state came to a standstill in
March last year after the Supreme Court quashed 88 mining
leases and banned extraction of iron ore.
The GFP is an ally in the Mahohar Parrikar government
in Goa and Sardesai is state Town and Country Planning
Equating the mining issue with regional aspirations,
Sardesai said, "Prime Minister Narendra Modi says Ek Bharat,
Shreshta Bharat. His statement has regional aspirations in
mind. If any party is not able to meet regional aspirations,
then they will not be able to get support of the people."
"Even the PM says so (about regional aspirations). So
what is regional aspirations? Mining is the backbone of the
(Goa) economy. It should start," he added.
"If the mining crisis is not solved before Lok Sabha
you get votes if you don't solve the issues of the people?" he
He was speaking to reporters in Margao Monday, a
couple of days ahead of the Opinion Poll Day anniversary.
On January 16, 1967, an opinion poll was held to get
the people's view on Goa being a separate entity or a part of
People had voted against the merger of the former
Portuguese colony with Maharashtra.
Sardesai said heroes of the Opinion Poll should be
recognised, adding that his party always spoke about identity
"Goa retained its Goemkarponn (Goanness) due to the
Opinion Poll. If we hadn't won it, we would have been a taluka
of Maharashtra," he said.
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