CM assures to resolve mining crisis in 6 months

Panaji: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant Thursday said that he would resolve the mining crisis in the state within six months of the Narendra Modi government returning to power.

“I am from mining area, I know people there and the people from the mining belt know me. I will resolve the issue within six months,” the Chief Minister said. Furthermore, Sawant stated that since he hails from the mining belt, he is well versed with the particular issue and problems being faced by the mining-dependent people. The Chief Minister was speaking during a show of strength of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) partners in Goa. Independent MLAs Rohan Khaunte and Govind Gaude as well as Goa Forward Party legislator Jayesh Salgaonkar were present on the occasion. The GFP chief, Vijai Sardesai, was, however, conspicuous by his absence.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that neither the central leaders of the Congress party, nor the local senior leaders of that party have shown interest in campaigning for the Congress candidates. “This clearly points out how much interest they have in their candidates,” he quipped.

Sawant also said that his cabinet is a brigade of young people and would provide a good and stable government for the state, during the next three years.

Khaunte, speaking on the occasion said that as coalition partner of the NDA, he would like to ensure victory for Shripad Naik in North Goa constituency, of which his Porvorim assembly constituency is a part. He also said that he has directed all the members of the panchayats and zilla panchayats under the jurisdiction of his constituency, to campaign for Shripad Naik.

Gaude, on the other hand said that after the elections, the state government wants to do lot of things for Goa in the field of art and culture as well as tourism.

Salgaonkar, in his address stated that the works done by Shripad Naik in his constituency have not been projected well. “It is propagated that Naik is a good man but a bad Member of Parliament, however the statistics speak otherwise,” he added, pointing out that Naik has undertaken many works in his constituency, over his four terms in the Parliament.

The GFP legislator also predicted that after being elected for the fifth time, Naik would get a good portfolio in the Narendra Modi government, which is certain to return to power at the Centre.