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GMPF keeps its fingers crossed

PONDA: Goa Mining People’s Front on Thursday deferred its proposed January  21  ‘rasta roko’ on Sankhali-Keri-Belgaum highway  in the light of the   promise made by  national BJP president Amit Shah on coming out with a solution to the Goa’s mining tangle. 

However, the front  said that it will wait till   January 29 for the solution.

If the promised solution does not come by January 29 then  a meeting will be held on  January 30 to decide the future course of action.

The decision was taken at  a coordination committee meeting of the GMPF held at Ponda on Thursday.

The meeting was chaired by GMPF president Puti Gaonkar.

Gaonkar maintained that if the government fails to bring about a right  solution to the mining imbroglio then the GMPF  will  work against ruling party candidates for the forthcoming   Shiroda and Mandrem by-polls.

The GMPF  will wait till January 29 for government’s decision. Thereafter  a meeting will be conveyed on January 30 to decide the future course of action. If the government fails to come out with a right  solution by January 29 then  the front  will campaign against ruling party  candidates to be fielded in Shiroda and Mandrem  by polls,  he said.

GMPF members will visit every family of  Shiroda and Mandrem constituencies  urging  the voters not to trust the BJP-led coalition government  including the alliance partners – MGP and Goa Forward Party.

Same strategy will be used during the forthcoming parliamentary  elections, he  said.

The GMPF members will also meet and exhort  BJP workers,  who will be addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi via  teleconferencing on  January 20,  to raise the livelihood   issue of mining dependants with Modi.

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