Panaji: Goencho Avaaz Party denounces the high handedness of Karnataka Police towards the Goa team, in Kankumbi for the joint inspection of Mhadei.
In yet another humiliating blow for Goa, the WRD officials and noted environmentalist Rajendra Kerkar, were subjected to a barrage of taunts, threats and abuse. Sending out a clear message about who is in charge, Karnataka upped their stakes in embarrassing Goa, which is considerably easy to do, as the Goa dispensation appears to be happy to offer the state to them or any other favoured corporate on a silver platter.
Elaborating on the shocking incident, Swapnesh Sherlekar President, Goencho Avaaz Party said: ‘’what action is the Goa government planning to take against the treatment of our people in this unacceptable and deplorable manner? It is clearly evident that the entire BJP party and its state government has zero respect for Goa or Goans. Why is the government allowing Karnataka to change the course of Goa’s lifeline, the River Mhadei and divert it towards the Malprabha basin? Clearly the CM is working under the orders of his Delhi bosses, who are making Goa a sacrificial lamb for Karnataka. Right from when CM Sawant came into office two years ago, the Mhadei issue has been mired in a host of controversies due to poor governance and anti-people policies and initiatives. People have not forgotten the shocking revelation of the erstwhile legal counsel Arvind Datur, who alleged that in 2019, he had been directed by the Goa government to not object to Karnataka’s plea to the Supreme Court regarding Mhadei. The Goa governments distressing history of letting down its people and ravaging the state with dangerous policies and anti-people initiatives does not augur well for its future . Since transparency too was a casualty at this inspection, with the press not being permitted, there are justifiable doubts and suspicions of underhand manipulations.’’
‘’The entire Mhadei issue, is testament to the poor governance of our government and its inability to take the required tough stand on issues that are related to our well being and our very survival. After Sawant inherited the Mhadei issue from his predecessor, Goa has unfortunately paid a heavy price due to the CM’s inability to stand up and protect what is rightfully ours. This government appears to be only concerned with fulfilling the orders of their Delhi bosses, to the detriment of the people in Goa that they are meant to protect.’’
”In the two years that Pramod Sawant has been in office, the state has plunged into the nadir of despair as it hurtles from one catastrophe after another. Never has Goa been under such vicious attack or witnessed such turmoil, since our pre-Liberation days. And it has only taken a meagre two years to reach this sorrowful state. Blowing one’s own trumpet and referring to the last two years as ‘a beautiful journey’ does not necessarily make it true. The people of Goa have a vastly different experience. The journey has been heartstoppingly precarious for Goans. Given that Goa’s future hangs by a thread, Dr. Sawant will undoubtedly be relegated in the history books as the most ineffective CM that Goa has ever had. ”