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If Sawant-led govt can’t protect Mahadayi, let Governor do it: PFG

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Panaji: While announcing to protest at all the government functions where Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant would be present, NGO Progressive Front of Goa (PFG) on Friday demanded that Governor’s Rule should be imposed in the state to solve the current Mahadayi river imbroglio.

PFG is an umbrella organization of the political parties including Goa Forward Party, Shiv Sena which has been protesting against Goa government’s inefficiency to protect Mahadayi river.

Union Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Prakash Javadekar on December 24 had written to Karnataka informing that they don’t require Environment Clearance for a project on Mahadayi river.

“We had given a deadline of 48 hours for the Chief Minister to resign on the issue. The deadline expires on December 28 after that we will be protesting at all the government functions where Sawant is present. We want to create awareness on the issue amongst the people,” PFG leader Hrudaynath Shirodkar said talking on Prime TV’s daily program Prime Encounter.

 He alleged that Sawant has not been taken seriously by Central government, due to which the union ministry has audacity to exchange such letters with Karnataka when petitition on Mahadayi issue is pending before the Supreme Court.

Goa has filed contempt petition before the Apex Court claiming that Karnataka has already diverted the Mahadayi river water without any permissions to do so.

Shirodkar said that Goa Governor Satya Pal Malik had successfully taken up the issue before Prime Minister Narendra Modi after which there were some communications in favour of the coastal state.

“We demand that Goa assembly should be dissolved and Governor’s Rule should be imposed in the State so that at least, the Governor would be able to save our River from being diverted by Karnataka,” he said.

Shirodkar also said that their proposed protest on December 31 would continue in a peaceful manner. “We would not resort to violence. But our protest would be to educate people about the importance of Mahadayi river,” he said.

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