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Margao: NDA ally, Goa Forward Party (GFP) on Sunday said that they would move a resolution during upcoming assembly session to give “political reservation” to scheduled tribe community.

GFP Chief and former Deputy Chief Minister Vijai Sardesai told a gathering on the occasion of Republic Day  that his party will move a “political resolution” during ensuing assembly session giving reservation to scheduled tribes.

ST communities in the state have been demanding political reservation since long.

Sardesai said that the united opposition along with Congress party will move this resolution in the session which begins on February 3. The five day long Budget session will culminate on February 7, 2020.

“The indigenous population should be given a protection. It is an international phenomenon. The countries like Canada have drafted separated laws to protect its indigenous population,” the Fatorda MLA said.

He said that the “tribal communities are in danger.”

Congress MLA Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco and BJP leader Prakash Velip were amongst the guests for the event.

“We need to keep alive natural heritage and empower it,” he said adding that “it is yet to be seen how ruling party (BJP) reacts to the resolution on reservation, and whether the party is sincere to the people”.

Talking on Citizenship Amendment Act, Sardesai claimed that the Indian Constitution is currently under a threat due to acts like CAA and further proposals to bring in NPR and NRC.

“Today major opposition party, Congress has gifted Indian constitution to Prime Minister. Indian constitution has promised equality before law. The law like CAA and future laws like NPR and NRC has filtered the minorities,” he said.

“This year, the number of people who have read Indian Constitution, must be historic. It has never happened in the past,” he said.

“The people have started talking about the constitution.  It is not important what was written in manifesto but its vital to know what is there in the Indian constitution,” he said.

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