Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) will support mining dependants during the sit-in protest in New Delhi to impress upon the government that mining operations be allowed to resume and mining leases be extended up to 2037.
The party delegates will reach Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on December 13 the last day of the protest to support the protest of mining dependants.
Addressing a press conference here on Friday, MGP working president Narayan Sawant said that the party supports the protection of source of livelihood of people dependent on mining who have suffered as mines are shut down adding, “Therefore in support of the demand of mining dependants to restart mining, we are joining them on the last day of the protest to be held at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on December 13.”
The party also came out in support of their MLA and PWD Minister Ramakrishna ‘Sudin’ Dhavalikar over the recent visit to Portugal along with government official saying that there is nothing wrong in going to Portugal to understand developmental projects. “Party delegation had not gone to Portugal. It was a government delegation and there is nothing wrong in going to Portugal to understand and study different projects,” Sawant added.
The MGP MLA and PWD Minister Ramakrishna ‘Sudin’ Dhavalikar had earlier demanded an apology from Prime Minister of Portugal Dr António Costa during his visit to Goa in January for his country’s oppressive colonial rule in state.
The party also condemned Congress Tivim MLA Nilkant Halarnkar for his criticism of Dhavalikar over “failure” to solve the water shortage issue and failure to provide 24/7 water supply in Bardez taluka.
The party said that in the last three years, the Tivim MLA has not come forward with any proposals before the government relating to water supply or any other infrastructure. “I appeal to the Congress MLA to show the proposals, which have been sent to PWD Minister and which are being held up. His baseless allegations are disguising the facts,” Sawant said.
“We expect his cooperation to the PWD Minister rather than criticise him without any reason,” Ratnakar Mardolkar, the party vice-president, said.