OMG! BJP Union Minister calls Goan MLAs ‘dalals’ of the Mining Industry, Mine Owners?

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PANAJI:  Senior Congress leader Pratapsinh Rane today accused a BJP Union minister of insulting a delegation of Goa lawmakers which had gone to meet him for resumption of mining, reports PTI.

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“When our delegation of legislators had gone to Delhi, one of the Union ministers had asked them whether they have come there to do dalali of mine owners. This word should not have been uttered,” the former chief minister said in the Legislative Assembly during Question Hour, reports news agency PTI.

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However, BJP lawmaker Nilesh Cabral, who was one of the members of the delegation, contested Mr Rane’s claims.

Intervening in the discussion, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said, “We don’t know what happened with any individual delegation. There is no point in discussing the issue. You cannot discuss it. We need to provide solution for the issue,” he said.

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Mining industry in Goa has come to standstill since March 16 this year after the Supreme Court quashed renewal of 88 mining leases.

The people dependent on the mining industry have been holding peaceful protests across the state demanding resumption of the activity.

Source: PTI

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