- RTI activist Rajan Ghate is fighting back weakness
- Ghate to relaunch his agitation again
- Activist says he did what Congress failed to do
GOA: Fighting back the weakness due to eleven day long hunger strike, RTI Activist Rajan Ghate is planning to relaunch his agitation demanding that Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar should distribute his portfolios and hand over the charge of CM to anyone from the State cabinet.
“No. I never demanded resignation of CM. I was always insisting that he should distribute the portfolios which are piled up with him. I was asking portfolios for his ministers, not for my relatives,” Ghate told The Goa Spotlight.
On the demand for resignation of CM, he says “I am no one to ask for his resignation. It is for his party to decide. I want the governance to be restored back.”
The RTI Activist who sat on fast unto death at Azad Maidan for almost eleven days before being forced to get admitted in Goa Medical College and Hospital owing to his ill-health is fighting back the weakness.
“I can’t move out. Even if I step out for some time for personal work, I feel giddy. But I will be back. In next couple of days, I will be addressing a press conference and will reveal my strategy,” he said.
Ghate claims himself to be a fellow of Parrikar when it comes to RTI is concerned. “Parrikar is a RSS man and also RTI activist. Using RTI as a tool, he sourced information against Congress and laid them on mat. Then he emerged as a winner in 2012 elections winning on 21 seats,” he said.
The RTI activist said that he wanted to continue his strike for more days but his NGO colleagues, who sat with him for the fast, forced him to get admitted in GMCH.
“Even in GMCH, I had told doctors that I wont break my fast. But the doctors who were treating me told me that my BP has shot down. I should be eating,” he recalled.
On the twelfth day of his strike, he finally broke his fast at the hands of his wife.
Ghate credits himself for awakening the people on the demand for resumption of Governance. “Congress party had their campaign Nomon Tuka Goenkara, but that failed to create awareness. It was only after my fast that the people started speaking about this grave problem,” he said.
The activist said he was surprised when he read statement by TCP Minister Vijai Sardesai that CM was watching movies at home.
“The best way is to built theatres in Secretariat so that CM will walk out of his home, at least to watch a movie,” he taunted.
People to react for LS, if mining doesn’t start: Vijai Sardesai
GOA: BJP ally Goa Forward Party (GFP) on Monday said that the people will “react during Lok Sabha elections”, if BJP fails to resolve the impending crisis on the mining industry.
GFP President and State Town and Country Planning Minister Vijai Sardesai also equated the current mining issue to the “regional aspirations”.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi says ek bharat, shreshta bharat. His statement is with regional aspirations in mind. If any party is not able to meet regional aspirations then we will not be able to get support of the people,” the minister said talking to reporters in Margao town of South Goa on Monday.
“Even the PM says so (about regional aspirations). So what is regional aspirations? Mining is the backbone of economy. It should start,” he added.
“If mining crisis is not solved before Lok Sabha election, then people will react towards the BJP candidates,” he said.
Sardesai said that no amount of fire fighting by parties like GFP to support BJP candidate during Lok Sabha polls will work.
“Whatever statements we might make, the people will react during Lok Sabha election. How will you get the votes, if you don’t work to solve the issues of the people?,” he questioned.
Around two lakh mining dependents under the banner of Goa Mining People’s Front are agitating demanding resumption of the industry which has been shut down since last year due to Supreme Court order.
Ahead of historic Opinion Poll Day celebrations, Sardesai said the identity politics has gained much importance.
Goa had witnessed historical opinion poll in which the people had voted against the merger of former Portuguese territory into neighbouring Maharashtra.
Sardesai said that on the eve of opinion poll day celebrations, we need that the heroes who have maintained our identity should be recognized.
“If they are not recognized, people will not be with you. We (GFP) speak about identity politics. Goa retained its Goemkarponn (Goanness) due to Opinion Poll. If we had not to win that (Opinion poll), then we would have been just one taluka of Maharashtra,” he said.
“If we don’t accept it and don’t recognize in the history, then people will not be happy with you,” he added.
Solution for mining impasse soon: Shah
New Delhi: The solution for current impasse on the industry would be brought about soon by the Central government, BJP National President Amit Shah told the delegation of Mining dependents and MPs.
The delegation of Goa Mining People’s Front along with all the three Members of Parliament – Shripad Naik, Narendra Sawaikar and Vinay Tendulkar, met Shah in New Delhi on Sunday.
GMPF President Puti Gaonkar, in a statement issued has said that Shah mentioned that the data about the loss of jobs, idle trucks and barges and bank Non Performing Assets is worrying.
“Shah assured that a solution to the present mining impasse shall be brought about soon by the Central government,” Gaonkar added.
“During the meeting on Sunday, Shah stated that the issue of livelihood faced by lakhs of Goans due to stoppage of mining activities in the State is known by all and that Chief Minister of Goa Manohar Parrikar and MPs of Goa have been following up with the Central government for a solution,” he added.
The mining industry in Goa has come to a standstill since March last year after Supreme Court quashed 88 Iron Ore extraction leases in the coastal state.
Three critical in Cement Block manufacturing factory blast at Tuem
GOA: Three workers were critically injured and six others had miraculous escape with minor injuries after a blast in a cement block manufacturing factory at Tuem Industrial Estate, this afternoon.
The incident happened around 12.15 noon when more than dozen of workers were present in the factory.
Pernem Police Inspector Sandesh Chodankar said that all three workers who were injured in the blast were taken to Goa Medical College and Hospital.
“Their situation is critical and being treated,” he said.
While Fire and Emergency Services rushed to the spot immediately, they cordoned off the place and extinguished the fire.
Chodankar said that the exact cause of blast would be known only after State Factories and Boilers Department submits its report.
He said that the offence of endangering human life would be filed against the owner and management of the factory.
Tuem Industrial Estate is located in Pernem taluka, which is bordering Maharashtra.