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CM rules out white paper on Mhadei water dispute



Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Wednesday  rejected the united Opposition MLAs’ demand for a white paper on the Mhadei water dispute.

Replying to  media queries on the sidelines of a function held at the police headquarters in the city on Wednesday,  Sawant said that he is confident of winning the Mhadei matter in the Supreme Court.

The Chief Minister said that he is serious about the issue, adding  that “our case is strong and I am sure we will win”.

Sawant urged the Opposition to support the government.

“It is the issue of the state and not of Pramod Sawant. For this they should have supported (the government),” Sawant remarked, alleging that the Opposition is playing politics on the water dispute.

Sawant questioned the Opposition parties as to what they had done on  the Mhadei water dispute when they were in power. Sawant claimed that those who are seeking a  white paper on the dispute, in fact, had messed up the issue.

On Monday, the Opposition MLAs had demanded that the state government must come out with a white paper on the Mhadei water dispute in the next 30 days.

The MLAs from the Goa Forward Party, the Congress and the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak

Party, and Independent legislator Rohan Khaunte had threatened to launch a joint agitation if the government failed to fulfil their demand of the white paper within the stipulated timeframe.

On the transportation of extracted iron ore, Sawant said  the government has taken the decision and that permissions will be given.

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