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Shah's Goa meeting a 'flop show': Congress

IANS  |  Panaji 

Failure of BJP-led governments, both at the Centre and in Goa, to provide concrete assurances vis-a-vis resumption of activity in the coastal state, led to the "flop show" at the party workers' meeting addressed by on February 9 near Panaji, Congress said on Monday.

"The (BJP) had said that 30,000 booth workers would be attending the meeting, but in reality only 10,000 people were in attendance. One of the main reasons why there was a low turnout was the inability of Shah and the BJP to resolve the issue or at least give concrete assurances to the people. The meeting was a 'flop show'," Mulla told reporters.

Shah's meeting on Saturday came at a time when the BJP state leadership is under pressure to resume in Goa, which was banned by the in February last year, due to irregularities in the renewal of leases by the

The Mining People's Front, which claims to represent people dependent on the mining industry in the state, has already announced that if mining is not restarted before the Lok Sabha polls, it would work against the BJP in the general elections, as well as in the by-polls to two Assembly seats, which are likely to be held soon.

The Front's has already said that mining dependents were "not happy" with the outcome of last week's meeting with over resumption of work in Goa, in which Narendra Modi had assured Gaonkar as well as BJP lawmakers of "looking into the matter".

Shah, during his address in at the party workers' meeting, had also said that the was looking to resolve the mining deadlock, which has put several thousand mining employees as well as workers from the tertiary sectors out of employment and business.

"Goa's mining dependents expected a more concrete assurance both from the as well as Shah. The lack of an audience at Shah's meeting only indicates that the popular mood is not with the BJP ahead of elections," Mulla said.

According to state Vinay Tendulkar, the meeting convened by Shah on Saturday was a resounding success and that both the party's leaders as well as cadre "were going full steam ahead in campaign mode for the Lok Sabha and Assembly bypolls".



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First Published: Mon, February 11 2019. 18:14 IST