Panaji: Several Congress leaders were detained in Goa during mid-night after they protested in the five star hotel seeking to meet Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar, who is currently on Goa tour.
The leaders including Goa Pradesh Youth Congress Committee President Varad Mardolkar, Goa Pradesh Congress Committee Vice President Sankalp Amonkar, office bearer Janardhan Bhandari and others protested in the five star hotel, when they were refused meeting with Javadekar.
The Union Minister has arrived in Goa on Friday to participate in series of meetings on Farm Bills scheduled on Saturday.
The congress leaders arrived at the hotel lobby during mid-night demanding that they want to meet the minister. The hotel management refused to allow them to meet the minister after which they began the protests.
The Congress leaders were detained by Panaji police and taken to the police station.
Goa Pradesh Congress Committee President Girish Chodankar tweeted “JUNGLE RAJ in Goa — @INCGoa delegation led by Vice President @SankalpAmonkar, @JanaBhandariGoa @Varadmardolkar @AdvArchitNaik @RautMeghashyam @SudinNaikGoa & 10 others arrested by @DGP_Goa for seeking appointment with @PrakashJavdekar & waiting to meet him in hotel lobby in Panjim.”
Goa Pradesh youth Congress President Varad Mardolkar said that they wanted to meet Javdekar to question him about the silence of central government over diversion of Mahadayi river by Karnataka. “Javdekar has failed the State of Goa as far as interest of Mahadayi is concerned,” he said adding that the minister is also responsible for granting permissions for several environmentally hazardous projects, which are currently being opposed by the people.