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Goa polls: Mining impasse won't affect our prospects, says BJP

Press Trust of India  |  Panaji 

The ruling BJP has said closure of the sector in will not have a negative impact on its chances in the polls or bypolls in three Assembly seats.

came to a standstill in March last year after the quashed 88 leases and banned extraction of iron ore.

Activists and groups fighting for its resumption claim almost two lakh people dependent on the industry are now jobless.

The BJP has already announced the candidature of sitting MPs and for North and South seats respectively.

Campaigning in Priol on Thursday, Naik said, "We could not find a solution to the issue because it also involves the But once we come back to power, the issue will be given priority."

Claiming that the issue won't affect the BJP in the polls, he said, "People are aware that our party has been trying to solve the issue. We are committed to finding a solution to the impasse."

BJP MLA and Nilesh Cabral, who represents constituency, part of the mining belt, also said the issue would not affect the ruling party.

"People will vote for the development which we have brought under the leadership of Narendra Modi," he claimed.

The BJP's South Goa candidate and sitting Narendra Sawaikar said his party was getting good response from the voters in the mining belt.

The Goa Mining People's Front (GMPF), an umbrella body of mining dependents, said it would campaign against BJP candidates for their failure to solve the issue, its told

Elections for Goa's two seats, with 11.31 lakh voters, and bypolls for three Assembly seats will be held on April 23.

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First Published: Fri, March 15 2019. 10:00 IST