14 Jan 2021  |   05:28am IST

Vishwajit should quit cabinet if IIT is not moved out: Vijai

Says Lobo and Neri should write to CM opposing coal and double tracking
Vishwajit should quit cabinet if IIT is not moved out: Vijai

Team Herald 

MARGAO:  The Goa Forward Party president Vijai Sardesai welcomed the move of Health Minister Vishwajit Rane writing to Chief Minister Dr Pramod Sawant asking him to scrap the IIT project at Melauli. 

He said, “Rane’s words have to be followed up, if the project is not shifted out of Sattari, then Vishwajit Rane should quit from the Cabinet and be with his people.” 

“This is the only way his people will stand with him, Vishwajit should quit the government if his demand to scrap IIT is not met, then only he will be able to move forward” he said.

On coal and double tracking, Vijai said, “Today I have read in newspapers that Ministers Michael Lobo and Filip Neri Rodrigues have said they are against coal and double tracking. I liked the Lobo’s words terming the people’s struggle against coal and double tracking as ‘genuine uprising’.”

He said, “Mere statements will not do, and that Lobo and Filip Neri should write to CM today mentioning that they are opposed to coal, its transportation and the double tracking meant to facilitate coal movement.”

Vijai said, “If the government doesn’t respond to their requests then they should move out of the Cabinet and quit BJP as a sign of responsibility and accountability to the people.” 

Speaking on the sidelines of inaugurating the new water pipeline work in Fatorda, he said: “This work was overdue as citizens were not getting water regularly as the pipeline was old. A new pipeline will be laid from Tolleabandh Circle to B M Servicing Road and areas of Modsai and Borda.” 

He said, “Lobo is now saying that Sonsoddo issue will be resolved after the municipal polls. I want to ask whether BJP wants to make this an issue for civic polls”. 

“CM is not able to get his files cleared from his subordinate like Urban Development Minister Milind Naik,” he charged. 

“Milind has kept file pending for technical approval that is sent by Solid Waste Management Corporation,” he added.  “Milind has pecuniary interest in approving mini garbage plants which have neither been recommended by the MMC nor by the SWMC,” he said.

“The Lohia Maidan upgradation work order under GSUDA has been kept pending by the minister. Ex-Governor Satya Pal Malik had directed to hasten the process to issue work order by having personally visited and seen the neglect of the symbol of Goa’s revolution & subsequent liberation,” Sardesai claimed and informed that he had raised a starred question on the same, which was listed on last day of the session as Question Number 1. 

“I hope that work order will be issued before that failing which the neglect will be exposed on the floor of the House,” he warned.


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