The Shiroda People’s Forum has called upon the Goa Mining People’s Front (GMPF), a collective of mining ban-affected workers, truck and barge operators not to fall prey to the fake, empty and false promises of the BJP government at the Centre as well as BJP national president Amit Shah.
Amit Shah and the BJP government in Delhi are only making false promises to the GMPF as there are by-polls in Mandrem and Shiroda.
Shiroda is home to a lot of mining-affected people (MAP) and many of the truck owners also reside in Shiroda.
Since the by-polls are likely to be held in the next 40-45 days in Shiroda, the Central Government is trying to keep the MAPs occupied in a dialogue so that they do not vote against the BJP candidate in the by-polls as well as the Lok Sabha polls which are likely to be held in April. In Shiroda the by-poll was necessitated because the Congress MLA Subhash Shirodkar defected and went over to the BJP.
Once the polls are over, the BJP government will dump the MAPs and leave them to their fate, Pascal Rodrigues, co-convenor of the Shiroda People’s Forum said.
A delegation of Goa Mining People’s Front on Sunday had met BJP national president Amit Shah in New Delhi to press for resumption of mining in Goa.
The ban by the Supreme Court was announced in February last year.
The Supreme Court struck down second renewal of 88 iron ore mining leases in March last year, while also directing the State government to re-issue mining leases following appropriate procedure and law.
The Shiroda People’s Forum has committed to generating about 2500 job for residents of Shiroda in the coming two to three months, Rodrigues explained.
In view of the up-coming by-polls the Shiroda People’s Forum which boasts of about 3000 locals from the constituency, has offered support to the candidate who is ready to generate jobs for the youth of Shiroda.
The Front has been agitating for quite some time as a large number of people in the State have been badly affected.
Last week, members of the Front laid siege to the private residence of Goa BJP president Vinay Tendulkar and demanded that all three Goa BJP MPs resign if they cannot help resolve the mining crisis.