GMPF keeps its fingers crossed

PONDA: Goa Mining People’s Front on Thursday deferred its proposed January 21 ‘rasta roko’ on Sankhali-Keri-Belgaum highway in the light of the promise made by national BJP president Amit Shah on coming out with a solution to the Goa’s mining tangle.
However, the front said that it will wait till January 29 for the solution.
If the promised solution does not come by January 29 then a meeting will be held on January 30 to decide the future course of action.
The decision was taken at a coordination committee meeting of the GMPF held at Ponda on Thursday.
The meeting was chaired by GMPF president Puti Gaonkar.
Gaonkar maintained that if the government fails to bring about a right solution to the mining imbroglio then the GMPF will work against ruling party candidates for the forthcoming Shiroda and Mandrem by-polls.
The GMPF will wait till January 29 for government’s decision. Thereafter a meeting will be conveyed on January 30 to decide the future course of action. If the government fails to come out with a right solution by January 29 then the front will campaign against ruling party candidates to be fielded in Shiroda and Mandrem by polls, he said.
GMPF members will visit every family of Shiroda and Mandrem constituencies urging the voters not to trust the BJP-led coalition government including the alliance partners – MGP and Goa Forward Party.
Same strategy will be used during the forthcoming parliamentary elections, he said.
The GMPF members will also meet and exhort BJP workers, who will be addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi via teleconferencing on January 20, to raise the livelihood issue of mining dependants with Modi.

Source:: The Navhind Times

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