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Mining issue could affect BJP in Goa LS poll, says GFP chief

Press Trust of India  |  Panaji 

Forward Party Vijai Sardesai Monday said people would "react" during the polls if the ruling BJP failed to solve the crisis in the coastal state.

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

The GFP is an ally in the Mahohar Parrikar government in and Sardesai is state Town and Country Planning minister.

Equating the mining issue with regional aspirations, Sardesai said, "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 polls, then people will react towards BJP candidates. How will you get votes if you don't solve the issues of the people?" he claimed.

He was speaking to reporters in Margao Monday, a couple of days ahead of

On January 16, 1967, an opinion poll was held to get the people's view on being a separate entity or a part of

People had voted against the merger of the former Portuguese colony with

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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First Published: Mon, January 14 2019. 13:25 IST