GOA: Congress opened its old wounds on Tuesday when it attacked it’s former leader Vishwajit Rane for joining BJP post-2017 Assembly poll.
During the function held to launch, Jan Sampark Abhiyaan, All India Congress Committee Secretary A Chellakumar alleged that Junior Rane had to join BJP under threat.
Rane was quick enough to issue rebuttal claiming that Chellakumar had gone insane.
Chellakumar said that Rane was made to join BJP under threat by PM Narendra Modi and BJP National President Amit Shah.
He claimed that Junior Rane had personally met him to confess about the threat, a day before joining BJP. The Congress leader said that Vishwajit had said that he had to join BJP to save his family from being under threat.
Vouching for verocity of his statements, Chellakumar said that he is ready to undergo any lie detecting test to prove his testimony.
“Whatever he has spoken to me I can tell. I am ready to undergo any test I am not telling any lies. He had mentioned the name of PM Modi and Amit shah,” Chellakumar said.
The Congress leader said “He told me that they are murderers and they can go to any extend. I had told this even two months before. I had told it very clearly. I have nothing to hide.”
“Even a day before resigning from the congress party also he came to my room and told me doctor you send someone to my house. You don’t know, Amit shah is after my life. I don’t know, I want to save my family. Almost 24 hours before leaving the party he told me same thing,” he said.
“He used to tell me that doctor you don’t know. They are not like congress people. They are ruthless, they are murderers, they will go to any extend of killing the people.”
“They are after my family, they are after my life. that is the reason why I am staying there. He used to tell me. More than a year, regularly he used to call me,” he added.
Vishwajit Rane, however, rubbished the statement calling Chellakumar insane man.
“I have joined BJP at my own will and I was also part of Congress party in the past. Giving threat is a congress culture , not the culture for BJP,” the Health Minister said.
“What Chellakumar talking is absolutely rubbish and insane. It is only a sheer frustration of Chellakumar that is speaking and I would like not comment on the comments,” he added.
“It is only a sheer frustration of Chellakumar that is speaking and I would like not comment on the comments of insane man,” he said.
“I have never heard of anybody being threatened to join BJP. This may be the part of Congress culture. Nobody has joined BJP with any kind of threat,” Rane added.
“We have joined BJP out of our own will. Joining BJP has helped me in very big way in serving the people of Goa.”
“What Mr Chellakumar is talking is rubbish and insane and I would not like to comment on the comments of insane man.”
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.