Herald: BJP MPs to present mining demand to Shah today
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BJP MPs to present mining demand to Shah today

13 Mar 2018 05:40am IST
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13 Mar 2018 05:40am IST

Also hope to meet Mines Minister Tomar; Sudin rushes to Delhi to meet Gadkari

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PANJIM: After failing to get an appointment with BJP President Amit Shah on Monday, Goa’s three MPs will make a final attempt on Tuesday to convince the Central leadership to listen to the woes of over two lakh mining dependents whose livelihood is at stake due to the Supreme Court order banning mining activities from March 16.

The meeting with Shah that was scheduled for Monday, was postponed by a day, another reason being that Mines Minister Narendra Singh Tomar was not in Delhi.

The Goa MP team, comprising Lok Sabha MPs Shripad Naik (AYUSH Minister), Narendra Sawaikar and Rajya Sabha MP Vinay Tendulkar, is already in Delhi. 

“We received a call from Shah on the mining issue. We (all three MPs) will meet him at 11am tomorrow (Tuesday) and update him about the panic in Goa owing to the SC order. We hope the Centre will intervene and resolve the matter as it is a question of livelihood of several mining dependents,” Tendulkar told Herald. The delegation is also likely to meet Tomar, as he is expected to return to Delhi by Tuesday.

In another development on Monday evening, PWD Minister Ramkrishna Dhavlikar rushed to Delhi to meet Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari to seek an immediate intervention to resolve the crisis. Gadkari is also the BJP Goa desk in charge.

Last week an all-party delegation led by BJP had approached Gadkari and Railways Minister Piyush Goyal but returned without any assurance. They were directed to get a cabinet approval for an ordinance for continuation of mining, however, the State cabinet has failed to meet till date in the absence of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who is undergoing medical treatment in USA. 

This upset BJP MLAs with Curchorem MLA Nilesh Cabral openly criticiing the manner in which the government is functioning in Parrikar’s absence. 

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