PANJIM: In a major embarrassment to the BJP, the mining dependents and ramponnkars in Goa, rejected Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s poll promises as ‘lies and false assurances’ ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.
While the mining dependents said that the statements were such political assurances, the fishermen dismissed them and called the Prime Minister a liar.
Goa Mining People’s Front President, Puti Gaonkar said, “These are political assurances keeping in mind the elections. It all depends on what they file in Supreme Court (referring to the abolition matter, which is challenged by mining companies). Next week we will come to know whether he is serious or not.”
On the other hand, Goenchea Ramponnkarancho Ekvott (GRE) General Secretary, Olencio Simoes said, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a good actor and a liar, as none of the points, which he spoke about during the public meeting, are reflected on the manifesto. His manifesto speaks of blue economy and increasing the livelihood of fishermen by encouraging pearl farming, sea weed farming and such anti-marine life form of farming, which none of the fishermen are involved in. This is going to be only corporate farming.”
Slamming the Prime Minister, Olencio said the manifesto clearly talks about Bharatmala and Sagarmala. He informed that under Bharatmala, the BJP is talking about building 65000 kms of roads whereby coastal areas will be connected to hinterland. And under Sagarmala the party’s manifesto talks about enhancing and doubling the port capacity and enhancing coastal transportation and coastal industrialisation.
“We want to ask PM Modi, if coastal industrialisation will benefit the fishermen or communities living on the coastline or it will eliminate these people. He is fooling the people”, Olencio stated.
He added that GRE had given the list of demands to Meenakshi Lekhi who was in-charge of preparing the manifesto where the organisation has mentioned that they are against Sagarmala, Bharatmala, river nationalisation, dilution of CRZ and others issues. “But none of these issues reflect in the BJP’s manifesto. On the contrary the manifesto is talking about completely eliminating us. Not just from water but also from land. Therefore Modi’s statements are immaterial and we have made it clear to the governments that there is still time to come clear and include our issues in your manifesto”, Olencio stated.
He warned that until the BJP promises to meet the fishermen’s demands, they will work against the party. “In 2014 we supported the BJP openly and during these elections we will come out openly against you them and support the party which promises that all our issues will be resolved”, he added.
On Wednesday, while addressing a rally in Goa, Modi had assured that he will not leave any stone unturned to solve the mining issue. “Definitely we will make all efforts to remove the hindrances in re-starting mining in Goa”, he had stated. Modi had also said that his government already announced in the budget a separate department for fishing and to issue fisherman credit card in line with the kisan credit card.
Response to PM’s rally proves BJP will win: Tendulkar
PANJIM: Praising what they have described as a very successful public poll rally by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP on Thursday, stated that this proves the BJP will win all the six seats.
“The response to the rally has reaffirmed the faith that BJP will win all the six seats. The BJP cadre is fully geared up to get the party’s candidates elected in their respective constituencies, said BJP State president Vinay Tendulkar.
BJP said a crowd of over 35,000 people had attended the PM’s rally in Bambolim on Wednesday
“As the stadium was jam-packed, the crowd had to be accommodated outside, where they listened on giant screens,” he added.
Tendulkar informed that workers from all the 40 Assembly constituencies had gathered at the stadium. He further added that they will be working hard to make Modi the PM again.