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Cong would have resolved Goa mining crisis, feels GMPF

Press Trust of India  |  Panaji 

A year after the passed an order that led to the shutdown of operations in Goa, the body representing dependents feels that if the was in power in the state, it would have found some solution to the crisis.

It also says that the ruling BJP has not done enough to ensure the activities resume in the state.

On February 7 last year, the apex court had quashed second renewal of 88 mining leases, bringing to a halt the iron ore extraction industry in the coastal state. Around two lakh people are dependent on this industry.

Talking to PTI, Mining People's Front (GMPF) Friday said the mining operations in would have resumed if the was in power in the state.

"would have worked out a solution for the crisis. Mining would have started, if it was in power," he said.

The GMPF has organised a candle light march on Friday evening to mark the completion of one year of the the SC verdict.

"The can start mining even now... Without doing anything by just interpreting the judgement, they can start mining," he said.

The had recently met along with the lawmakers from demanding the Centre's intervention on the issue.

"I am not at all happy with what the BJP has done in last one year to ensure that the mining resumes. BJP has not done anything concrete to solve the problem. People are being fooled," he said.

"I feel that even was not properly briefed about Goa's side of the issue," Gaonkar added.

When asked whether any solution would be worked out, Gaonkar said it was difficult for him to predict.

"But if the BJP wants to retain power, it will have to find out a solution," he said, adding that the GMPF will work against the BJP candidates in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections and bypolls, if the party does nothing on that front.

"We will tell people whom not to vote. Let people decide whom to vote," he said when asked whether they will campaign for Congress candidates.

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First Published: Fri, February 08 2019. 15:40 IST