Panjim: Shiv Sena feels that it is high time that BJP breaks its silence and suspense over the mining crisis affecting lakhs of people in the State specially after its own alliance partner Goa Forward Party has come out openly against the ruling party on this issue.
Shiv Sena Goa Sena Vice President and Spokesman Rakhi Prabhudesai Naik has said that the stand of Goa Forward Party, of not supporting BJP if they fail to solve the current crisis on the mining industry, reflects that the alliance partners themselves are feeling troubled by BJP’s silence on such a crucial issue.
“Sena was the first one asking BJP to speak up. We had expected the BJP to maintain silence and suspense on this issue as they are currently headless and directionless. BJP has lost touch with the ground realities in the State and some of the leaders like Narendra Sawaikar are busy dreaming about next ticket for Lok Sabha,” she said.
The people in the mining belt are undergoing depression due to inefficiency and constant failure of the government to resume the industry. BJP is solely responsible for the current state of affairs of mining industry, Naik said.
She said that the BJP’s guilt and crime against the mining industry is visible from the fact that this industry had smooth sailing till 2012 but since the time BJP has come to power, all hurdles are placed before it. There are no attempts made to address the problems of the people dependent on it.
“It is high time that the BJP should openly admit that it does not want the mining industry to resume. The party might be waiting for the elections to approach and then do a stunt of approaching various agencies to resume mining so that the people with the hope of getting better days for mining would vote for them. BJP should stop playing with the sentiments of the people,” Naik said.
She also said that Goa Forward Party rather than making statements should actually act and pull out of the government, if they mean what they say. Goa Forward Party should also not take people for granted and use the mining crisis for their political gain.