PANAJI: Stating that Goa’s mining issue has prolonged, as the judiciary is involved, national vice president of Bharatiya Janata Party Vinay Sahasrabuddhe Wednesday said that discussions are being held at the top level to find a solution to the issue so as to resume mining operations in the state.
“The entire mining issue is under active consideration at the apex level and work is in progress, so perhaps more patience is required. I know for sure that even Prime Minister Narendra Modi is looking into it and with all efforts, the solution will be sooner or later,” said Sahasrabuddhe while addressing a press conference in Panaji.
When questioned as to how the Centre will now come into the picture when Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has told his cabinet colleague that the state has to find a solution to the mining crisis, he refused to comment on Parrikar. He, however, said, “The Centre and the state government are working in close coordination and there is no division between them; both of them are on the same page and there is complete unanimity.”
Sahasrabuddhe said that solution to the mining tangle is being worked out with extreme caution so as to avoid any future legal complications. “Hence, it is taking little longer,” he said. When questioned whether solution to mining would be out before the model code of conduct comes into effect, he said, “I believe so.”
He said there are many instances wherein the Parliament has prepared a law and it has been declared void by the Supreme Court. Sahasrabuddhe said that nothing can be done in haste and that there is a need to work out the solution in a more prepared manner.
When asked whether mining would be the deciding factor in the state during the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections and whether he is confident that mining dependants would vote for the party, Sahasrabuddhe said, “When people know that we are working overtime and are ready to go the extra mile to bring in all changes that are required in the current mining situation, I think people will have no doubt about our intention; they will definitely support us.”
Meanwhile, BJP has extended its ‘Bharat ke Mann ki Baat, Modi ke Saath’ programme in Goa, seeking people’s suggestions for the preparation of their manifesto ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. “We have started this campaign with an aim to seek suggestions and to know expectations of the people from the BJP-led government,” Sahasrabuddhe said.