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2 Congress MLAs rally behind Colva cabbies

NT NETWORK

Margao

Jumping on the bandwagon, the Congress party on Monday extended its support to Colva’s  private taxi operators, who  have crossed swords with the cabbies operating under GTDC’s  GoaMiles app-based taxi service.

The local private taxi operators forced a daylong Colva bandh over the  tussle for the taxi pie. They said  the bandh was held to save the livelihood of 200  taxi operators, claiming that shopkeepers voluntarily  downed their shutters in solidarity with the local taxi operators. Heavy police force was deployed in the locality to thwart any law and order situation.

Two Congress legislators – Wilfred D’Sa (Nuvem) and  Reginaldo Lourenco (Curtorim) pledged their party’s full support to the local private taxi operators in  the fight  against the app-based cabbies.

Speaking at a meeting held during the bandh, Lourenco said that as followed  in other states,  Goans must  get  first priority in Goa. But the government has failed to address the issue of taxi operators before introducing GoaMiles.

He congratulated the local taxi operators for coming together, adding that  this battle must be taken  to a logical conclusion.

The government has been claiming that mafia is running the taxi business. But what the government has done to address the issue, he asked, recalling taking up the matter with former chief minister Manohar Parrikar. 

D’Sa charged that the Sawant government is not bothered about Goans, and is only promoting  outsiders.

The Congress is fully supporting the taxi operators on this issue.  We are ready to come on to the streets, if required, the Nuvem MLA said,   adding that the issue has been festering for a long time now. 

D’Sa rued that non-Goans have taken over all businesses in the state  – be it fish vending, vegetable trade or for that matter beach cleaning.

However, taxi service  is the only business left with Goans and needs to be protected, he thundered.

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